By Gaby Ndongo
An additional 11 613 social grant beneficiaries have been approved by NSFAS since the review process of 109,000 rejected applications that began in December 2018.
The approvals results to an overall of 60 000 social grants approved students for the 2019 academic year, reducing the number from the initial 109 000 in December 2018 to 58 000.
This figure is yet to decrease as “[t]he review of students who were rejected for other reasons are ongoing and the outcome will be communicated soon,” the funding scheme wrote in a statement.
EARLIER COVERAGE: NSFAS Awaits Appeals Of Rejected Applications
NSFAS is currently awaiting appeals for rejected applications until Friday, 8th March, after having approved more than 300,000 applications of the 417,000 intakes.
In December, a total of 109,000 rejected applications were reviewed, which resulted to over 60,000 being confirmed as financially deserving.
“As NSFAS processed applications in the pipeline, the number of unsuccessful applicants escalated to 65 000,” according to the funding scheme.
Several students’ applications have been rejected as a result of the household income information obtained from credit bureaus.
“Should a student want to dispute this outcome because of changes to the household income or SASSA status, they may lodge an appeal by providing the necessary documentation to NSFAS,” read a statement from NSFAS.
One can obtain the appeal form on its website, fill in and then hand it with the needed document(s) to an institution’s student finance office, or submit all to NSFAS via firstname.lastname@example.org. TOJ
Reporting by Gaby Ndongo.
Feature image: NSFAS logo.
Image courtesy to Gaby Ndongo.