How to Check NSFAS Online Application Status

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The closing date for NSFAS 2020 was in November 2019. All applications were done online via the MyNsfas website student portal.

NSFAS Online Application

This is what the status messages mean when you are applying for NSFAS funding:

1 Application submitted:
Your application has been loaded in the NSFAS system

2 Filtering:
The System checks if you are a returning student and if you have previous qualifications

3 Validation:
Nsfas conduct 3rd party cheks with sassa/department of home affairs

4 Evaluation:
They verify all documents u sent during your application

5 Funding Eligibility:
They verify household financial status declared in your application

From the 6th of January 2020, the status of applications was updated on the applicant’s student portal accounts. These are the status messages you would have seen.

Successfully Funded

This means that your application was successfully processed and the funding process has been completed.

You can register and attend Classes.

Eligible For Funding But, Awaiting Confirmation Of Academic Admission

This means that you qualify for funding, but we have not yet received admission confirmation from an institution. Until such time as admission has been confirmed, funding will not be approved.

You need to inform institution’s Financial Aid Office.

Verifying The Household Income With Third-Party Sources

This means that NSFAS is still verifying the student’s household income with credit bureaus to confirm that the income declared is under the R350 000 threshold.

No action is required. A message will be sent if funding is approved and academic admission is confirmed.

Awaiting Evaluation

This means that the application has been received and needs to be assessed by a case worker at NSFAS to ensure that all information on the application has been correctly captured.

What you need to do: Wait. No action is required. A message will be sent if funding is approved and academic admission is confirmed.

Application Unsuccessful

This message means that the applicant’s household income is above the R350 000 threshold and therefore rejected. Or applicant has previous qualifications and does not qualify for NSFAS. Or applicant has not been admitted to a university or TVET College.

Unfortunately, you have not been successful in getting funding from NSFAS. You can appeal. How to appeal an NSFAS rejection


Lethabo Ndlovu

Lethabo Ndlovu is a KwaZulu-Natal-born writer. He is the Editor-in-Chief at Nerdville. Ndlovu is happily married to Sarah Ndlovu with children and they both live in Johannesburg South Africa. His interests include football, writing, and trying to make himself better by reading.

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