Applicants for NSFAS funding can easily check their application status on the MyNSFAS portal using their student ID number and password.
If the NSFAS application is successful, the applicant will proceed to register at the chosen public university or TVET. And after the registration details have been sent to the funding body, the student will receive the bursary. However, if the National Student Financial Aid Scheme fails to receive the registration details, then the status of the application will remain at ‘Provisionally funded’.
Can I Check NSFAS Status Using the ID Number?
Yes, you can check for your NSFAS status using your student ID number, which serves as the username for logging into the organization’s portal. While creating a new account on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme website, you will be asked to submit your first and last names as seen on your student ID.
This is followed by the submission of your ID number and email address before you provide a password to protect the newly created account. Afterward, you will gain access to the portal with your username, which is your ID number and password.
How to Check NSFAS Status Using ID Number
NSFAS status can be checked online on the bursary scheme’s website using a smartphone or computer with internet access. And the steps involved are listed as follows:
- STEP I: Visit the NSFAS student portal, also known as MyNSFAS portal.
- STEP II: Click on ‘Create an account’, if you don’t have an existing account.
- STEP III: When you are done creating the account, you’ll log in to the page by entering your student ID number as your username and input your password.
- STEP IV: Once you are logged in, click on ‘Track Funding Progress’.
- STEP V: Your NSFAS application status will be displayed on the screen.
NSFAS Status and Their Explanations
Besides seeing applications approved and unsuccessful on your status, there are reportedly other statuses an applicant might see on the NSFAS portal while checking for their application status. They include:
- Application Approved: This means that your application has been processed, and after review, you have been provisionally approved for funding based on the NSFAS funding criteria. And once your registration data gets sent to the bursary body, payment of tuition and allowances that will cover your studies will be processed.
- Application Unsuccessful: Based on the funding criteria, this status means that an applicant does not meet one or more requirements of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.
- Provisionally Funded: At this point, a student has been approved for funding but NSFAS awaits registration data from his or her institution after the student has registered for an academic year. Once the public university or TVET college submits the student’s academic registration, payment will be made.
- Validation: A third-party check is conducted by NSFAS with the Department of Home Affairs and SASSA.
- Application Submitted: This means that your application has been successfully loaded into the system.
- Evaluation: The bursary scheme is verifying your household financial status declared in your application.
- Awaiting Academic Results/Admission: At this stage, NSFAS is checking for your institution’s admission status and your academic results. This is to ensure that an applicant is eligible to receive NSFAS funding.
- Filtering: The system verifies whether you have previous qualifications or you are a returning student.
- Funding Eligibility: The financial status of the applicant is verified to ensure that he or she needs funding.
- The Signing of Agreement: This is the stage where the student needs to sign the bursary agreement, which enables NSFAS to disburse the tuition and allowances.
- Payment: The tuition and allowances have been paid to your NSFAS mobile wallet or the recently created bank account.
NOTE: Students are always advised to monitor the MyNSFAS website for updates regarding their application.