SASSA Status Check: What Does "Declined" Mean & What You Can Do

If you've checked your SASSA SRD grant application status and see the dreaded word "Declined," it's understandable to feel disappointed. However, it's important to understand why this happened and what options you have.

Reasons for a Declined SASSA SRD Status:

  • Income Exceeds Threshold: Your income, as assessed by SASSA through data matching with various institutions, might be above the allowed limit for the SRD grant.
  • Alternative Income Source: You might be receiving income from another source, such as UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund) or another social grant, that disqualifies you from the SRD grant.
  • NSFAS Funding: If you're a student receiving funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), you wouldn't be eligible for the SRD grant.
  • Age: The SRD grant is typically for individuals aged 18 to 59. If you fall outside this age range, your application could be declined.
  • Other Reasons: There might be other reasons specific to your situation, such as errors in your application or changes in your circumstances.

What to Do if Your Status is Declined:

  1. Check the Reason: SASSA usually provides a brief reason for the decline. Carefully review this to understand the specific issue.
  2. Appeal (Reconsideration): If you believe the decision was incorrect or your circumstances have changed, you can submit an appeal (reconsideration) request. You can do this online through the SASSA appeals website or by calling their helpline (0800 60 10 11).
  3. Gather Supporting Documents: If you're appealing, gather any documents that support your claim, such as bank statements, proof of unemployment, or proof of address.

Important Note:

The appeals process can take time, so be patient. SASSA will notify you of the outcome of your appeal. If your appeal is successful, your grant may be reinstated retroactively.

Avoiding Scams:

Beware of scammers who might try to exploit your situation. SASSA will never ask for payment to process an appeal or change your status. Use only official SASSA channels and websites for all communications and transactions.