How to Get a University Degree Studying from Home in Record Time

How to Get a University Degree Studying from Home in Record Time

Unisa is a great way to obtain any form of qualification to improve your job opportunity and worth to a company. It doesn’t hinder your lifestyle too much and is easy on the pocket compared to other universities and institutions. Expanding your education is never a bad idea. Do some research and find a course that suits you. You’re never too old and it’s never too late to study.

I’m sure most of you have heard about the University of South Africa, more commonly known as Unisa. Unisa has grown in popularity over the past couple of years and has become the top choice for the working class. They offer internationally recognised degrees, diplomas and certificates. All of which are offered as distance learning courses.
Who is Unisa?

Unisa is a distance learning institution. They have campuses and examination centres situated across South Africa, Africa and some examination centres in major cities across the globe. They offer a variety of courses. These courses are generally more theoretical and don’t have a practical aspect to it. Which means that some science and human life science courses would not be offered. A very popular practical course that they do offer is education. Click here to view their faculties and courses that they offer.
Why pick Unisa?

Unisa is perfect for any person who wants to work while studying and for those who can’t afford the high cost of studying full time at a university of private institution. You can work from the comfort of your home and in your own time. You can choose to study full time or part time. If you choose part time, you will be given a certain number of years to complete your degree. The amount of time you get depends on the length of the course that you choose. Go to University of South Africa Website.


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More than 175 348 University Students Receive NSFAS Funding for 2017

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) can confirm that by the 08th of February, 175 348 students have received financial aid to further their studies at any of the 26 public universities for 2017. This includes 67 875 first-entering students and 107 474 returning students. Although the NSFAS application closing date was 20th January, some universities are still in the process of concluding their examinations. We therefore expect these numbers of funded students to increase.

The Scheme worked tirelessly with the assistance of all the institutions of higher learning and the Department of Higher Education and Training, to ensure that the allocation of financial aid for first-time and returning students are allocated before the end of the academic registration period.

We have agreed with universities that while the allocation of grants to new students was a priority, the management of returning students must be coordinated to ensure that universities can immediately accept and register NSFAS returning students if they meet the following criteria:

  • Received NSFAS financial aid in 2016;
  • Satisfied the 50% module pass requirement for the 2016 academic year;
  • Satisfy the N+2 completion requirement; and
  • Signed their 2016 NSFAS agreement forms.

NSFAS has also communicated with at least 9 976 applicants whose applications were unsuccessful, as they did not meet the NSFAS financial eligibility criteria. Students who are unsuccessful may appeal by submitting the “Appeals Form” before a pre-determined closing date in order to be considered by the Appeals Committee. Details of the appeal can be found on the NSFAS website or 0860067327.

Issued by:

Kagisho Mamabolo

NSFAS Spokesperson

Cape Town

Have you been rejected by NSFAS? You can make an appeal, Click here to Download NSFAS Appeal Form for 2017

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Minister Nzimande Says Holders of Fake Qualifications Will be Prosecuted

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, says serious action will be taken against perpetrators of fake qualifications, including prosecuting and publicly naming and shaming those caught doing so.

Commenting on the scourge, after receiving an update this week from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), as it continues with its work to track forged national and foreign qualifications — as commissioned by the cabinet last year — the Minister said fraudulent qualifications posed a grave danger to the credibility of the country’s education system.

“This is a matter which we take very seriously, and it is also the reason why we have embarked on legislative measures to curb these phoney qualifications, where we are proposing a roll of shame for holders of such bogus qualifications.

“One of the most precious things any country can have is the credibility of its qualifications and higher education system, which is why we are acting robustly on the scourge. By the way, if one lies about one’s qualifications or produces a false certificate, that is fraud even in terms of existing law,” Minister Nzimande said.

The Minister published new regulations late last year, which will force employers to refer their employees’ degrees for validation and verification.

“Unless employers, institutions and citizens can feel confident that individuals have earned the qualifications that they purport to have, the entire system will lose its legitimacy,” he said.

As part of the regulatory move, SAQA will register the names of holders of bogus certificates on its website — a move that the government hopes will end the growing prevalence of qualification forgeries.

Over the past few years, a number of cases of qualifications fraud — including those involving high-profile figures — have been reported by the media.

The fraudulent qualifications that have been uncovered have ranged in quality from poor copies of legitimate qualifications, to high-quality forgeries that are very difficult to differentiate from the original.

Meanwhile, SAQA reports that between October 1 and December 31 last year (fourth quarter of 2016), 52 foreign qualifications had been found to have been forged, while 17 national qualifications were misrepresented.

As at the end of January 2017, a total of 1 276 qualifications (444 national and 832 foreign qualifications) were also recorded on its list of misrepresented qualifications — with 78 affidavits completed for handover to the Hawks for prosecution.


Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Ministry of Higher Education and Training

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How to Apply to Study at unisa in 2017

Based on Unisa’s application and selection process, you will not automatically be accepted to study through Unisa in 2017 even if you meet the general academic admission requirements for a qualification.

Unisa will assess your application, which includes the points score system. You may be offered a place for 2017 based on the following: whether you meet the academic admission requirements for your qualification of choice, your minimum points score and the number of places available for the qualification for which you have applied.


Who must apply?

  • Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission. This includes first-time Unisa applicants and Unisa students changing to a new qualification.
  • You must re-apply for admission if you previously applied for admission and received feedback, but did not register for any reason.
  • Everyone planning to enrol for classes at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college under the Unisa-TVET agreement must apply for admission.

Online & self-help applications (currently closed):

Semester 1: closed
Semester 2: 3 – 28 April 2017

Application outcome success

Unisa will inform you that your application for the 2017 academic year was successful and the qualification for which you have been accepted.


Unisa will send you the necessary information once you have confirmed acceptance of Unisa’s offer. If you receive more than one offer from Unisa, please confirm which offer you are accepting.

Application: Click Here

Registration: Click Here

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Unisa has Increased its Fees by 6 Percent for the 2017 Academic Year.

JOHANNESBURG – Unisa has increased its fees by 6 percent for the 2017 academic year.

The university said it took into consideration the recent #FeesMustFall protests.

It acknowledged the difficulty of identifying the missing middle and has made provisions to support students registering for studies next year.

For undergraduates, there be a differentiated increase ranging from R40 to R80 per module.

Honours students will pay R200, up from R65 per module.

Postgraduate students who choose to receive materials electronically will receive a further 5 percent to 10 percent discount.

Unisa Council has also budgeted R99-million financial support for registered South African students who do not qualify for NASFAS funding.


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