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How to Apply for Admission at UNISA in 2018

It’s that time of year when applications for colleges and universities are open and you have a limited time to get all the necessary paper work in in order to be accepted. Many of the colleges and universities also have a limited amount of bursaries or funding available which you need to look into before it is to late to apply for those too.

Unisa admissions

Who should apply for admission?

You must apply for each new qualification even if you already have a Unisa student number.

This includes new applicants (prospective students) and current and returning/previous students. A formal qualification includes: higher certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees, BTech degrees, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, advanced certificates, advanced diplomas, honours degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees.

New applicants include

prospective students who have never before studied through

Unisa students who have previously registered or who are currently registered for short learning programmes

current Grade 12 learners

students studying at other higher education institutions and who wish to study through Unisa in 2014

Current and returning students include

any student who wishes to change the qualification for which they are currently or were previously registered

students in their final semester/ year and who intend to study further

students wishing to change the specialisation of their current qualification

Master’s or doctoral degree applicants

any student meeting the admission requirements to apply for a master’s or doctoral degree

Take note of the following before you apply:

You must have a valid e-mail address so that Unisa can communicate with you during the application process.

You must upload all the necessary supporting documents as part of the application process. If you are unable to do so, you will not be able to submit your application.

You must not pay the application fee until you receive a reference number from Unisa.

You can apply for a maximum of two qualifications.

No application payments or documents will be accepted during the registration period

In case you missed it, here are the dates for registrations

Unisa 2018 registration dates

For more info go to www.unisa.ac.za

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UNISA 2018 Applications for First Time Students Opens

The University of South Africa (UNISA) will re-open its applications for the 2018 academic year for first-time entering undergraduate students.

Universities and colleges across the country are scrambling to deal with the large number of walk-in applicants, following the confusion surrounding free education.

Following communication from Universities SA (USAf) on 10 January 2018 regarding how universities should manage walk-in students during the 2018 registration period, the University of South Africa has made the following decisions:

  • Unisa will re-open applications for the 2018 academic year for first-time entering undergraduate students who have not previously applied for admission to the 2018 academic year.
  • First-time entering undergraduate students may apply via the Unisa application website or via a self-help station at Unisa’s Service Centres by 19 January 2018.
  • Unisa will only process new applications received by the application deadline of 19 January 2018. Offers will then be made to qualifying applicants on a first come, first served basis, subject to the number of places still available for the 2018 academic year.

Unisa will open undergraduate applications for semester 2 of the 2018 academic year in April 2018.

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Julius Malema Urges Students to Go to Universities and Demand Their Courses

Julius Malema has responded to the announcement by President Zuma that university fees will paid for poor and middle class young people. The EFF leader has urged young people to go to universities in person to demand access to their courses.

Julius Malema has responded to the announcement by President Zuma that university fees will paid for poor and middle class young people. The EFF leader has urged young people to go to universities in person to demand access to their courses.

However the leaders of SA universities have urged young people and their parents that they must not just ‘walk-in’ to varsities and colleges hoping for a place. Applications must be made online or via the government’s central application service, called CACH.

Young people who still want to apply at university this year can use the Cach system which will be open from the Friday the 5th of January.


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Apply to Universities and Colleges via Central Application Clearing House [CACH]

The Central Application Clearing House is called CACH and allows you to apply for courses that are still available for varsity or college.

The official application service is now open for 2018 courses at varsity or college. The Central Application Clearing House is called CACH and matches your marks from the exams with courses that still have places available.

It assists prospecting students by sharing their matric results with public and private further and higher education institutions across the country, including colleges (public and private),  Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) colleges, universities, Setas and registered private higher institutions.

Institutions with open study places, technical training opportunities, or apprenticeship slots then make them available to the most suitable applicants on the CACH database.

Students who have been declined offers at universities should come to CACH, which is an ideal route to find a study space that is still available at another institution. CACH also provides a portal for school leavers and other prospective students who may not have completed their schooling to career information, advice and development services.


You can apply to the CACH by sending an SMS text message to 49200. Include your name and ID number in the SMS.

Other ways to apply:

You can call the toll-free number 0800 356 635, visit the website at http://bit.ly/2lNmR2A

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How to Submit Late Applications to Universities and TVET Colleges in 2018

The Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) online application service for matriculants, who struggled to secure a place at the educational institution of their choice, will open from 5 January – 28 February 2018.

CACH services are particularly useful for applicants who applied for admission to a university or college in time, but have not been offered a place or their programme of choice.

It can also be useful for prospective students who achieved better than expected results, and now wish to access a different course or university or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college.

Students who missed the application window period for one reason or the other can also use CACH services.

CACH was established in 2013 in response to the large number of applicants seeking entry to the Post School Education and Training (PSET) sector in January, when most universities have closed their application process.

It is provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training as a service that is free to both applicants and institutions.

Now in its fifth year, CACH has attracted 18 329 applicants.

A survey taken on 10 087 applicants in March 2016 revealed that 33% (3 328) of students had found a place in PSET or employment since contacting CACH.

A survey taken of 11 770 applicants in March 2017 revealed that 37.3% (4 390) of students had found a place in PSET, or employment since contacting CACH.

This reflects an increase of 1 062 learners finding a place in the PSET sector. The increase is an indication of the positive impact of CACH.

Registration can be done on CACH’s website: http://cach.dhet.gov.za.

Alternatively, prospective students can call the toll-free call centre number on 0860 35 66 35 from 8am to 8pm.

CACH is also contactable via standard SMS (name and ID) to 49200 or by email: CACH@dhet.gov.za.

Central Application Service

Meanwhile, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has recently approved a policy for the establishment of a Central Application Service (CAS) for PSET.

The policy is an initial step in the legislative process to establish a one-stop online application system for students to access multiple institutions without the need to queue at those institutions.

CAS is aimed at streamlining and simplifying the application and admissions process.

The new system will allow applicants to use the system for a range of tasks such as investigating opportunities, preparing, submitting and changing applications, and considering and accepting offers.

The CAS system will prepare application cycles, capture off-line applications, check and submit applications, communicate with applicants, resolve queries and refer rejected applicants to other opportunities.

PSET institutions will prepare programme data, receive applications, select and make offers, and register and admit students.

The main users of the system will be all entering undergraduates, who can apply for academic programmes, as specified by individual institutions.

It is envisaged that the CAS will become fully operational in 2024 for 2025 applications. – SAnews.gov.za

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