NSFAS Application: What Does “Application Submitted” Mean?

You’ll probably be asking, what does “application submitted” mean? If you applied for NSFAS funding and submitted the required documents, check the status of your application. If you checked your status and it said ‘Application Submitted,’ you might wonder what that means.

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What Does Application Submitted Mean?

If you receive the NSFAS Status ‘Application Submitted,’ this simply means that they successfully loaded your application onto the NSFAS system.

Students are advised to visit the NSFAS student portal regularly to check their status because the Scheme does not have a timeframe for updating one’s application status.

South African students who want to study this year at any of the 25 public universities or 50 TVET Colleges, including students who have previously studied without NSFAS, can apply.

If you haven’t applied, here’s how you can do so:

  • Submit your NSFAS online application through the myNSFAS portal, using either a smartphone or a computer.
  • Create a myNSFAS account, then proceed to the application tab to fill in the required details.
  • As proof it was successfully submitted, you will receive a reference number.
  • Should you not have access to the internet or to a digital device, visit your nearest National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) or Thusong Centre to apply by following the same steps.

Should you need to directly contact NSFAS, you can do so by using the following contact details:

  • Telephone: 0800 067 327 | 021 763 3200
  • Email: info@nsfas.org.za
  • Website: www.nsfas.org.za

Some NSFAS Application Status and What They Mean

Understanding what you’re reading when checking the status of your NSFAS application is critical. Here explains your NSFAS application status.

1. Application Submitted

Your application was successfully loaded onto the NSFAS system.

2. Filtering

The system determines whether you are a returning student and if you have any previous qualifications.

3. Validation

Third-party checks are being conducted by NSFAS in collaboration with SASSA and the Department of Home Affairs.

4. Evaluation

NSFAS is verifying all the documents you submitted as part of your application. Funding Eligibility NSFAS is verifying the financial status of your household as stated in your application.


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