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NSFAS Appeal Form for 2023: How to Access, Fill Out, and Upload Supporting Documents

Download 2023 NSFAS Appeal Form

If you are a student who applied for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding but got rejected or had your funding withdrawn, you may still have a chance to get funded by submitting an appeal. In this article, we will explain what NSFAS is, who can apply for it, what is an appeal, who can appeal, how to download the 2023 NSFAS appeal form, and how to submit it.

What is NSFAS and who can apply for it?

NSFAS is a public entity under the Department of Higher Education and Training that provides bursaries to deserving students at public universities and TVET colleges in South Africa. The bursaries cover the cost of registration, tuition, learning material, food, personal care, transport, or accommodation. NSFAS has been around for over 28 years, assisting over 4 million South Africans achieve their dreams.

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NSFAS eligibility criteria and conditions for funding

To be eligible for NSFAS funding, an applicant must meet the following criteria :

  • Be a South African citizen or a permanent resident with a valid South African ID number.

  • Come from a family with a combined annual household income of not more than R350 000 per annum (in the case of students with a disability, the income threshold is R600 000 per annum).

  • Be registered or intending to register for an approved qualification at a public university or TVET college.

  • Not have completed a previous qualification, unless applying for an approved funded postgraduate qualification.

  • Not have received NSFAS funding in previous years, unless they have passed their modules and meet the academic requirements.

  • Meet the academic performance requirements as specified by NSFAS and the institution.

NSFAS application process and required documents

To apply for NSFAS funding, an applicant must follow these steps:

Create a myNSFAS account via this link: [17](

  • Click on the Apply tab to update your personal information and upload your application supporting documents.

  • Submit your application.

The required documents for the application are:

  • A copy of your ID or birth certificate.

  • A consent form signed by your parent(s), guardian, or spouse to submit their personal information for validation and verification.

  • A copy of your parent(s), guardian, or spouse's ID.

  • A proof of income of your parent(s), guardian, or spouse (payslip or appointment letter).

  • If you are a SASSA grant recipient, no proof of income is required.

  • If you are a person with a disability, a completed disability annexure form.

NSFAS contact details and online resources

If you have any queries or need assistance with your application or appeal, you can contact NSFAS through the following channels:

  • Toll-free number: 08000 67327

  • Email:

  • Physical address: The Halyard, 4 Christiaan Barnard St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

You can also visit the NSFAS website [12]( for more information and online resources such as:

  • A student accommodation portal where you can register and load your accommodation details.

  • A digital wallet where you can view your funding status, allowances, and personal details.

  • A student support portal where you can access online learning resources, career guidance, and mental health support.

  • A chatbot called NSFAS Connect that can answer your frequently asked questions and direct you to the relevant department.

What is an appeal and who can appeal?

An appeal is a formal request to NSFAS to review its decision regarding your funding application or continuation of funding. You can appeal if you believe that NSFAS made a mistake or did not consider all the relevant information when making its decision. You can also appeal if your personal or financial circumstances have changed since you applied or received funding.

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Reasons for appeal and rejection

Some of the common reasons for appeal are:

  • You applied for NSFAS funding but did not receive a response or outcome.

  • You applied for NSFAS funding but were rejected due to missing or incorrect information or documents.

  • You applied for NSFAS funding but were rejected due to exceeding the income threshold, even though you have proof that your household income has decreased or is below the threshold.

  • You received NSFAS funding but it was withdrawn or discontinued due to academic performance, even though you have proof that you passed the required number of modules or credits.

  • You received NSFAS funding but it was insufficient to cover your fees or expenses, even though you have proof that you registered for an approved qualification and institution.

Some of the common reasons for rejection are:

  • You did not meet the NSFAS eligibility criteria or conditions for funding.

  • You did not submit your application or appeal within the specified deadlines.

  • You did not provide sufficient evidence or motivation to support your appeal.

  • You submitted fraudulent or forged information or documents.

Appeal process and deadlines

To appeal, you must follow these steps:

  • Download and complete the 2023 NSFAS appeal form (see below).

  • Attach all the relevant supporting documents as indicated on the form.

  • Submit your appeal form and documents to the Financial Aid Office at your institution or directly to NSFAS via email:

The deadlines for submitting your appeal are:

  • If you applied for NSFAS funding in 2022 and were rejected, you have until 31 January 2023 to submit your appeal.

  • If you received NSFAS funding in 2022 but it was withdrawn or discontinued in 2023, you have until 30 April 2023 to submit your appeal.

Appeal form and supporting documents

The 2023 NSFAS appeal form is a PDF document that contains four sections:

  • Section A: Personal details of the applicant (name, ID number, contact details, institution, student number, etc.)

  • Section B: Reason for appeal (choose one of the options provided or specify your own reason)

  • Section C: Motivation for appeal (write a brief explanation of why you are appealing and what outcome you expect)

  • Section D: Declaration and signature of the applicant (confirm that the information provided is true and accurate)

The supporting documents that you need to attach depend on the reason for your appeal. Some of the possible documents are:

  • A copy of your ID or birth certificate.

  • A copy of your parent(s), guardian, or spouse's ID.

  • A proof of income of your parent(s), guardian, or spouse (payslip, appointment letter, affidavit, etc.).

  • A proof of change in household income (retrenchment letter, death certificate, divorce decree, etc.).

  • A proof of academic performance (academic record, transcript, progress report, etc.).

  • A proof of registration or admission at a public university or TVET college (registration letter, acceptance letter, etc.).

How to download 2023 NSFAS appeal form?

There are two ways to download the 2023 NSFAS appeal form: online and offline.

Online method

The online method is the easiest and fastest way to download the form. You just need to follow these steps:

Go to the NSFAS website [12]( and click on 'Student


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