NSFAS Appeal: How To Navigate The Process Successfully

Many of the students’ applications are rejected due to various reasons. But they have an NSFAS Appeal 2024 chance. They can avail of this chance and appeal them with the certified documents.  You can appeal for a review of the application with the supported documents. You can submit your outstanding documents within 15 days and the appeal is submitted within 30 days after the declaration of application status (rejection).

How To Appeal for NSFAS?

NSFAS Appeal 2024 is a way of challenging the decision of NSFAS. The students who applied for NSFAS funds and were rejected due to some reasons now have a chance of appeal. An appeal is a request to NSFAS to review the decision of not funding an applied student. The decision of appeal depends on the availability of the budget.

You can apply for the appeal of NSFAS 2024 by following these steps;

Step 1: Log into your myNSFAS account on www.nsfas.org.za

Step 2: Click the ‘Track Funding Progress’ option

Step 3: Check the application progress tabs

Step 4: If a ‘Submit appeal’ tab is available, click it and proceed

Step 5: Once you are on the ‘Application Appeal’ page, you can see the reason for your application status

Step 6: You are then able to motivate in writing the reasons for appealing your application status. Your motivation must not exceed 1000 characters (words including spaces)

Step 7: Then click ‘Submit Appeal’

Step 8: You may now track the progress of the appeal on your myNSFAS account

To ensure a successful NSFAS appeal, make sure to correctly upload documents on NSFAS as per their guidelines.

Who Can Appeal?

Students who have been assessed as unsuccessful, and who may lodge an appeal, will automatically have access to lodge an appeal.

New applicants are permitted to appeal if rejected on:

  • Insufficient information provided
  • Financial ineligibility
  • Academic ineligibility

GAP year students – must re-apply for NSFAS Funding

Continuing Students are permitted to appeal if rejected based on:

  • Financial ineligibility
  • Academic ineligibility

Students are not permitted to appeal if they have reached N+2 (or N+3 in the case of a student living with a disability)

How To Appeal for NSFAS?

Raed NSFAS Laptop Application procedure.

Who Should Not Appeal?

Students are not permitted to appeal if:

  • They are registered for a qualification that NSFAS does not fund.
  • The detail of the appeal indicates that the student is disclosing different parental or legal guardian information than disclosed in the application or if the student is now indicating that s/he is independent which is different to the application
  • They have reached N+2 (or N+3 in the case of a student living with a disability)
  • The student is a gap year student who NSFAS previously declined to provide financial aid to due to not meeting the academic eligibility criteria
  • The Institution has not submitted their registration record or submitted an incorrect registration record to NSFAS – such queries must be directed to the Institution.

Read the details about What Happens After Registration Received NSFAS?


  • Submit supporting documents in PDF, JPEG or PNG format and the document size must not be bigger than 5 megabytes (5MB). No word documents may be uploaded.
  • If the information you have provided in your appeal is incorrect or if you need to make changes, please cancel your appeal to view your submitted appeal information and re-submit.

Closing Date for NSFAS Appeal

When you apply for NSFAS Funds your application may be accepted or rejected. After 30 days of that day, your NSFAS appeal is closed. You must have to appeal within 30 days of your application status declaration.

nsfas status check using id number


Where can I appeal, if the portal isn’t showing the appeal button?

There is no other place to submit an appeal except online. Try again later to see if you can login or find the appeal button and submit the appeal.

My Application was unsuccessful, yet there is no Appeal tab available?

If the Appeal tab is not visible it means that a student cannot appeal the funding decision.

Students can easily appeal against the rejected application. NSFAS Appeal is a valid option for many rejected students. The rejection issues include incomplete application, academic progress, insufficient financial aid, and many more. Such reasons applicants can appeal to NSFAS for review of the application. Maybe their appeal will be accepted successfully.

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