NSFAS urges rejected applicants to urgently appeal
In todays NSFAS News: The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) wishes to encourage students whose applications for funding have been declined to urgently lodge appeals with the Independent Appeals Tribunal.
The tribunal has been established to provide effective management of appeals from students whose applications for funding have been rejected, or discontinued funding, in the case of continuing students. This is to ensure that NSFAS responds to appeals in a way that contributes to the NSFAS’s supportive and fair funding environment, and is consistent with the principles of fairness, equal opportunity and natural justice.
The tribunal will be chaired by Advocate Tommy Ntsewa, who will be joined by Yonke Twani, Zodwa Kula, Lubabalo Ndzoyiya, Lukhanyo Daweti, Nhlonipho NIumalo, Wongani Mgwali, Thabelo Mofokeng; representing a cross-section of stakeholders including SAPCO, SAUS, SATVETSA and DHET. The tribunal will commence with the appeal process next week.
NSFAS has received 1 587 968 applications from prospective beneficiaries for the 2023 academic year. Out of these, 300 803 applications have been rejected for various reasons, while others have not yet been finalized pending the submission of certain documents. Hereunder is the status of the applications:
In this regard, NSFAS urges those students that have received rejection notices to urgently lodge their appeals so that the issues behind their rejection can be investigated and finalized.
The appeals can be lodged online via myNSFAS Portal. Applicants whose applications were unsuccessful will have an appeal option appear on their MYNSFAS accounts and they click on it to start the appeal submission.