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NSFAS Unsuccessful Reasons

If you checked your NSFAS application status on myNSFAS Student Portal and it indicates the  ‘unsuccessful’ status, this means that NSFAS has adjudicated that you don’t qualify for NSFAS funding. This could be one of the following:

  • Third-party checks were done on students’ household income and saw that their household income was above the required threshold of R350 000 or R600 000 for people with a disability.
  • Students who registered at a university before 2018 did not meet the R122 000 household income threshold.
  • Students have exceeded the number of years NSFAS is able to fund them according to the N+ rule. It is important to further note that, the N+ rule is not based on the number of years that a student has been funded, but on the number of years that the student has been registered for tertiary study at any public university in South Africa.
  • Continuing students may have failed to meet the academic requirements and therefore their funding was discontinued.

These students are welcome to submit an appeal if they feel that they do meet the requirements and have additional information explaining why they require funding.

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