How to Study for Free at UNISA

  • On 16 December 2017, the then President, Jacob Zuma, announced that poor and working class students will get free higher education.
  • This announcement was followed by the announcement of UNISA on the 24th of December 2017, that students will be able to Study for Free at UNISA from 2018.  UNISA further more explained how this will work for students who want to Study For Free at UNISA from 2018 and onwards.

Read the Statement on Free Higher Education from the Department of Higher Education here.

Study For Free at UNISA for First-Time Students (New Students)

  • If your application for NSFAS funding has been approved, then NSFAS will pay your 2019 student fees to UNISA, which means that you will then be able to Study For Free at UNISA.
  • To qualify for financial assistance from NSFAS, your household must have a combined income of less than R350 000 per year. This only apply to new students.
  • Remember, to be able to Study For Free at UNISA 2019, you have to be a new student who applied to study at UNISA, AND got accepted to study at UNISA.
  • Applications for a NSFAS Grant is now open to give you the opportunity to Study For Free at UNISA in 2019, so do not delay and apply now.
  • If you need help to apply why not join the .

Existing Students with NSFAS Loans

  • If you already have a NSFAS loan, then your loan will now be changed to a bursary/grant.
  • You will not have to repay this NSFAS bursary/grant back to NSFAS.
  • As a returning student, the new increased limit of the combined income of less than R350 000 per household, does not apply to you.
  • The old limit of R122 000 still applies to returning students.

Existing Students who do not have NSFAS Loans

  • If you are an existing student, but you do not have a NSFAS loan, you will have to pay your own student fees.

When can you apply?

  • Unisa students can apply for NSFAS funding as part of their UNISA Registration Process.
  • NSFAS applications for 2018 are already closed.
  • NSFAS applications take place during the UNISA Registration periods.  For more information about when these UNISA Registration dates are, please click here.

Should I apply?

Yes, you should apply if:

  • you are registering with Unisa for the first time, for an undergraduate qualification.
  • you have never before registered for a formal qualification at any other higher education institution.
  • you are a South African citizen with a South African ID document.
  • your combined annual household income does not exceed R350 000 per year.

Who should NOT apply?

You should not apply if:

  • you have a combined household income of R350 000 or more per year.
  • you have already applied for and qualified for NSFAS funding for the 2018 academic year. Note that students who have previously received NSFAS funding or who qualify for NSFAS funding for 2018 will have their loans converted to grants.
  • you have previously registered for any formal qualification at any higher education institution. This includes all re-registering Unisa students.
  • you are a foreign student.

When will I know my application was successful or not?

  • If you register for the first semester modules/subjects, you will be informed by the middle of February.
  • If you register for year-modules/subjects, then you will be informed by the middle of April.
  • If your application is successful, your student fee account will be adjusted once the NSFAS
    Grant has been processed.
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will have to pay your fees yourself.
  • For more information about NSFAS, please click here.


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Unisa Online Application Closes Today

Unisa 2019 Second Semester Applications Open

Applications for admission to selected undergraduate qualifications for semester 2 of the 2019 academic year will be open from 6 – 13 May 2019.

Unisa is known as a provider of fair and equitable access to higher education opportunities. Flowing from its social responsibility to address past inequalities, Unisa has an application and selection process that effectively addresses historical imbalances without sacrificing quality standards.

This process promotes focused attention towards improved student support, and the alignment of our new student intake with the available academic capacity and required infrastructure to maximise all students’ chances of success.

What does the selection process entail?
At the heart of the selection process is a calculation of your individual points score, which takes into account your final Grade 12 marks and other key factors such as the school you attended, and your gender, socio-economic group, race, and so on.
Before submitting an application, please check whether you meet the statutory and college specific admission requirements for your chosen qualification(s).
It is important to note that you will not automatically be accepted to study through Unisa in semester 2 of 2019. Students will be accommodated on the basis of the number of places available for each qualification.

The application process
You may apply for a maximum of two qualifications, ranked in order of preference (although you may only register for one should both of your qualifications be successful).
Unisa will inform you of the outcome of your application. If successful, Unisa will indicate for which qualification you have been accepted and will offer you a space for the period for which you have applied (ie semester 2).
You must accept or decline Unisa’s offer within the prescribed period of time.
If you accept Unisa’s offer, you must register for the period for which you have been granted admission (ie semester 2). Should you not register for the relevant semester of study, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next application period.

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.
Everyone completing a Higher Certificate or Alternative Pathway / Extended Programme must apply for admission to the follow-on 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.
Please note: You must re-apply for admission if you previously applied for admission and were offered a space, but did not accept the offer and / or did not register for any reason.

Source: Unisa

How to Apply

Click here to begin with your application

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UNISA to Open on Weekends for Registrations

UNISA to Open on Weekends for Registrations


Unisa’s Durban campus has reached an agreement to open their registration offices during weekends until the deadline on 25th January.


This comes after the institution admitted to struggling to deal with the long queues outside their campus due to new and returning students waiting to register.


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“This past weekend we had reached an agreement to open our registration offices on weekends as the deadline for registration is on 25 January,” said Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela to IOL News.

Unisa employees were only able to deal with 1000 students a day, but more than 3 000 student were in the queues. The long queues had been winding around the campus, while some potential students resorted to camping overnight to ensure they were attended to the next day.

“We are also concerned about the vulnerability of these students, because we do not want a repeat of last years incidents where people were robbed, one women was raped, and another went missing,” noted member of the SRC, Nkanyiso Zwide.

Ramotshela advised students to register online rather than queue outside the institution, adding that only those who needed assistance to navigate around the courses they were choosing and had no internet access should be in the queue.

“Only if a student needs a warm body to help them with registration or needs to talk to career advises should they be in the queue,” added Ramotshela.


[Source – IOL News]


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How to Register and Apply at UNISA

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How to Get a Degree at UNISA Studying from Home

How to Get a Degree at UNISA Studying from Home


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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Unisa Stike Ends as the Parties find Common Grounds

Unisa Stike Ends as the Parties find Common Grounds


The University of South Africa (Unisa) and its student representative council (SRC) reached an agreement on Saturday that will see the student strike called off with immediate effect and operations at the university resuming by Monday, the university said.


“The agreement came as a result of the breakthrough made by the parties during negotiations within the university; as well as constructive engagement by the parties with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET; focusing on the registration challenges at Unisa, which included accreditation, enrolment planning, provision of laptops and other matters,” Unisa said in a statement.


Additional 25,000 spaces for students who had applied


“As Unisa, we welcome this agreement and we are pleased that the operations of the university will return to normal; and that thousands of our people who aspire to acquire an education and better their lives; will be afforded the opportunity access Unisa – a university that plays a leading role in the higher education sector in the country and on the continent. This breakthrough also demonstrates how crucial dialogue is in efforts to find solutions. Notwithstanding this agreement, we still urge students to register online unless it is absolutely necessary to visit a Unisa Service Centre,” said Unisa principal and vice chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya.


The high court in Pretoria on Friday granted the university an interdict against students who had been protesting since Monday.

In terms of the agreement reached on Saturday, Unisa said it had agreed to consider an additional 25,000 spaces for students who had applied for the first semester of 2019 and who qualified.

In response to a demand by students that the NSFAS accord all benefits to Unisa beneficiaries, the university said that plans were in place to engage with NSFAS on the matter.


Source: Timeslive


Find more about Unisa Here

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How To Pass UNISA Supplementary Examinations

How To Pass UNISA Supplementary Examinations

Here are a few helpful tips from students studying with us and from around the web!

1. Study everything; do not stick to past papers

This provides you with valuable knowledge of the course and you wouldn’t get thrown off with a new style of question during the exams. Set out a realistic timetable for your study. Write down your exam dates, and then organize your study time accordingly. Allocate more time to courses you find more difficult. Cramming your text doesn’t help.

2. Use mind maps as a method of making notes

A Mind Map is visual map of your ideas, laid out according to importance and centered on a central thought. Take the central subject and then organize your notes around this point.

3. Self-attempt exam papers

Attempt exam papers by yourself first and then meet together in your study group to discuss your answers. Study groups work well only if you are prepared to put in the effort.

4. Create an exam atmosphere

Write answers as if you were literally in the exam room – time yourself using standard exam times. Be sure to complete the past paper under exam conditions as this will give you a perfect idea of how ready you are for the exam.

5. For Multiple choice exams

Use the process of elimination to arrive at the correct answer. Try to anticipate the correct response before you are distracted by seeing the options that your instructor has provided. If you see the response that you anticipated, circle it and then check to be sure that none of the other responses is better. Eliminate the options you know for sure are wrong and select the best option that answers the question.

Source: SaStudy

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University of South Africa UNISA Application for Admission 2019

University of South Africa UNISA Application for Admission 2019

South Africans learners, students and international students wishing to apply online will need a working email address and an ID number. Foreign learners wishing to apply will need to have their passport number.

When should I apply?

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the application cycle. You can find UNISA’s online application form here.

South Africans learners wishing to apply online will need a working email address and an ID number. Foreign learners wishing to apply will need to have their passport number.

Application Fees:

Applicants are required to pay an application fee of R100.00. This fee in non-refundable, even if applicants chose to not study through UNISA.

NOTE: UNISA does not accept cash at its offices. Applicants must deposit cash into the university’s bank account.

Payment information for students living in South Africa

  • Pay online using your credit card:
  • Pay via bank deposit. Further details will be communicated once a student number has been allocated to you.

Submitting of Results and Documents:

School learners must ensure that all examination results from Grade 11 until September of Grade 12 are submitted. Failure to do such may result in delays within the student’s application process. You might find that you applied early in Grade 12 and thus only sent in your final Grade 11 results. If this is true, as the year progresses and you receive more results keep sending them through to UNISA, that way they will have all your results by the time finals come around.

Transferring students should too ensure that all transcripts and academic records are submitted as early as possible as well as that a final transcript of current studies being undertaken reaches the Admissions Office as soon as possible after receipt.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact UNISA.

Dates to remember:

Application Dates:

For applications in and onwards, there will be only one application period per academic year for both semesters.

Application Closing Date: To be announced, applications open in August.

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