Why My NSFAS Status Is Blank?

By Trev Gami •  Updated: 01/23/24 •  5 min read

Many people in South Africa often experience challenges in funding their tertiary education. However, the good news is that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government initiative specifically meant to provide funding to deserving people from poor financial backgrounds. NSFAS receives several applications each year, and all prospective aid recipients are encouraged to check their application status regularly. This article explains different things you should know about the status of your application.    

Why My NSFAS Status Is Blank?

The easiest way to check the status of your application is to use the NSFAS portal where you create your account. You can use your myNSFAS account to check or track your funding process. All you need to do is to log in to your account using your username and password to see if your application has been successful or not.

NSFAS is a preserve for less privileged South African citizens who want to pursue their tertiary education at public universities of TVET colleges. However, not all applications are approved since NSFAS considers different things to provide financial aid to deserving students. 

If your status is blank or says “null,” it means NSFAS is still processing your application. The organization will communicate the outcome of each application, so there is no need to get worried at this stage. Whether you’re approved for funding or not, the result will come at the appropriate time. NSAFS usually processes several applications for financial aid, and this can affect the speed of making final decisions. 

Why Is My NSFAS Status Not Working?

If your NSFAS status is not working, it entails that the system might be experiencing some challenges which lead to delays. When the system is down, there is nothing you can do from your side since the challenge is from NSFAS. It means you will have to wait and check later when the system has been restored. 

NSFAS has indicated that their back end is not yet perfect, but they are working on upgrading it. As a result, you may see your NSFAS status unchanged for some time, but this should not worry you. When you face this challenge, it means that you should check your account regularly so you don’t miss anything. 

Additionally, if your NSFAS status is not working, it does not mean the problem is with the application. Once you submit your application, it means there is nothing you can do about it. Try to be patient and wait for official communication from NSFAS. 

How Do You Know if NSFAS Has Stopped Funding You?

NSFAS can stop funding students as a result of different reasons. For instance, a student can lose funding if their circumstances change. If your level of income improves, NSFAS reserves the right to withdraw funding because it is specifically meant for disadvantaged individuals.  

NSFAS regularly reviews the details provided by students to ensure they fund the right people. If NSFAS withdraws your funding, you will get official communication about the decision. Alternatively, you can log in to your myNSFAS account by entering your username and password. Once you log in, go to “Track Funding Progress”, where you will get the information about your application status. 

If NSFAS stops funding you, you will get the information on your account and the reasons for the decision. The organization can stop funding a student if they fail to conform to the conditions below. 

NSFAS verifies all the information provided by the students and also checks if the applicants are meeting the academic performance standards. To be on the safe side, it is a good idea to ensure that you know your institution’s expectations. All the supporting documents you provide must be correct to continue getting funding from NSFAS.    

Why Does My NSFAS Profile Not Exist?

You may experience issues with accessing your myNSFAS account, where you will get the message which says “ID Number Does Not Exist.” To address this problem, you need to re-register your account on the portal. Once you re-register the account, you can log in to track the status of your application and funding.

All people who apply for NSFAS funding to pursue tertiary education must create accounts on the myNSFAS portal which they can use to check application status or track funding. NSFAS statuses vary depending on the verification stage of the application. If your status is blank, it means that it is still being processed. Once the verification process is complete, you will get official communication about the outcome of your application.   

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