Have you applied for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) but you do not know how to follow through? Whether you applied for yourself or your child as a parent or guardian, you will agree to the fact that keeping track of your NSFAS application status is very important. This is because, with it, you will know the state of things and at the same time, stay updated as to what to do next depending on your status. Get to know the latest step-by-step procedures that you need to follow as you read on.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a financial assistance scheme in the form of bursary and loan that the government of South Africa makes accessible to students who are eligible in public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in South Africa. For those who enjoy the fund, once they graduate and start to work, then, they will be required to pay back. So, if you have applied for the fund, here is the process to follow when you want to check your status.
NSFAS application status
If you want to check the status of your NSFAS application for 2019, the steps documented here will make it a lot easy for you to achieve that.
1. Visit the official website of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
2. Once you are there, the next thing to do is to click on MyNSFAS account under For "Students & Learners:" option at the upper left side of your computer. From there, you will need to log in using your ID and password that you created when you applied.
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3. Once you are on your dashboard, if you see something like “Provisionally Funded” as the status of your application, then you may have to contact Unisa’s Division: Student Funding (DSF). Depending on the outcome, you may also have to contact the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. This is because they are the ones responsible for the application process of everyone.
4. However, if you find out that the status of your application reads declined or unsuccessful, a number of reasons could be adduced to that. But then, if you are not comfortable with the rejection, there is always permission to appeal the decision. In this case, you will be required to file an appeal form, which is available on the official website of NSFAS for review by the appeals committee.
Qualification for applying for NSFAS
NSFAS is not a scheme that just anyone can apply for; there are certain criteria that one must meet before he or she can consider applying. So, if you want to know if you actually qualified to apply for the fund or not, then check out the following requirements.
- You must be a citizen of South Africa.
- The combined annual income of your household must not be more than R350 000 per annum.
- You must also be a grant recipient of SASSA.
- As a first-time applicant, it must be that you are registering for an undergraduate qualification at a public university. Alternatively, you are expected to be registered at a public TVET College for any of the National Certificate Vocational or report 191 programme.
- As an applicant, it must be that you are applying to study at a public university or TVET College.
- If you are an already-registered student of a university, it is expected that your annual household income is less than R122,000 in a year.
- If you are studying at a TVET College, then you must have passed Grade 9 & 10 if you want to receive the funding.
- Also, if you are studying at any of the universities, you must have passed Grade 12 to receive the funding.
However, for postgraduate students who want to apply for the NSFAS fund, the following are the qualifications:
- Have a B-Tech degree in Architecture/Architectural Technology.
- Have a B Tech degree in Biokinetics/Biomedical Technology/Biotechnology.
- You should possess a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
- If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, you can apply.
- If you possess a Bachelor of Laws degree, then you can also apply.
Requirements for applying for NSFAS
Although the National Student Financial Aid Scheme is open to everybody, there are certain documents that you will need once you are assured that you qualify to apply for the fund. These include the following:
- Your South African identification document/card or an unabridged birth certificate. The only time that you can use your birth certificate is if you do not possess a smart ID card or a green bar-coded ID.
- Your parents and/or your guardian's identification document/card. However, if your parents are dead, you may present a death certificate.
- A pay advice/letter of employment/pension advice that explicitly states your income. Note that this should not be more than three months old.
More so, please note that you need to have the electronic and certified copies of the documents that have been mentioned above while you are applying for the NSFAS.
The government's effort in ensuring that every South African gets educated is highly commendable. With the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, so many students who are from low-income families have been able to get a quality education based on this scheme. Then, as an applicant, the procedural steps in checking or monitoring your NSFAS application status that has been shared above should not be a challenge for you.