UNISA’S NEW APPLICATION PROCEDURE

I found this online, this is probably the most comprehensive instruction guide to how the new application procedure works for UNISA starting in 2014 onward >>


Apply for admission

All qualifications

Apply online

Career counselling

Student funding & NSFAS loans

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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.
Application dates
Period and category Applications open Applications close
Period 1: Semester 1 / semester 2 / year modules (including CTA)
Online for all formal qualifications Thursday 15 August 2013 for all formal qualifications Friday 20 September 2013
Period 2: Semester 2
Online for all formal qualifications with semester modules Tuesday 7 April 2014 Friday 25 April 2014

The application for admission process
Each link below contains important information about the admission process. Work through the information carefully to ensure that your application for admission is complete and submitted correctly.

Confirm your career choice
Choose your qualification & check the admission requirements
Complete online application
Online via applications.unisa.ac.za
Or visit a Unisa regional office to submit your complete application online (application form + uploaded supporting documents) (08:00-15:30, Mondays to Fridays)
Upload supporting documents
Upload the following relevant supporting documents with your application form:

Certified copy of your school qualifications (eg Senior Certificate)
Certified copy of your official tertiary academic record(s) (if applicable) (please note that internet copies will not be accepted)
Certified copy of your ID document (RSA students) or passport (international students)
Certified copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
Original sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans
DSAR04 form and supporting documents if you are applying for exemptions
Rules for uploading supporting documents

Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure your documents are in an electronic format (as stipulated below) before starting the application process.

Files cannot be larger than 2MB (2048KB) each.
Maximum number of files allowed: 5 (combine similar items as one file, eg all school certificates as one file).
Only black and white documents may be submitted.
Only the following file types are allowed: pdf (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file), doc (Word document file) or tif (image file)
Receive reference number
After Unisa processes your application for admission, you will receive your reference number and further communication from the university.

Pay application fee
Pay the application fee of R100,00 (online payment by credit card is available). This fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa. Unisa does not accept cash at any of its offices. You may deposit cash into the university’s Standard Bank account:

Payment information for students living in South Africa
Pay online using your credit card: applications.unisa.ac.za
Pay via bank deposit. Further details will be communicated once a reference number has been allocated to you.
Payment information for international students
International students must pay fees via SWIFT payment:
Beneficiary: Unisa student deposits;
Standard Bank;
Account number: 011554622;
Branch code: 010645;
SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ
Please e-mail proof of SWIFT payment to susdepid@unisa.ac.za
Check list for the application process
If your application for admission to study through Unisa is incomplete, you will have to re-apply during the next application period. Make sure that you’ve done the following:

I have chosen my Unisa qualification
I have checked that I meet the detailed admission requirements for my qualification of choice
I have applied online
I have uploaded a certified copy of my school qualifications (eg Senior Certificate)
I have uploaded a certified copy of my official tertiary academic record (if applicable)
I have uploaded a certified copy of my ID document (RSA students) or passport (foreign students)
I have uploaded a certified copy of my marriage certificate or divorce decree (if applicable)
I have uploaded sworn translations of my documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans
I have submitted my application with the supporting documentation before the closing date for applications
I will pay the application fee of R100,00 within 5 days of being informed of my reference number
For more information, send an e-mail to study-info@unisa.ac.za.

What will Unisa do upon receiving your application?
Unisa will assess your application, which may take a few weeks and will probably only be finalised after the closing date for applications. If your application is successful, visit the Unisa website for registration information and registration dates. If your application is unsuccessful, contact Unisa’s Directorate for Counselling & Career Development to discuss alternative options linked to your career vision and goals.

What happens once Unisa approves my application?
You must register for your approved qualification during the prescribed registration period. If you want to change the qualification for which you have applied and received confirmation, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next application period.”

i cant remember the orignal poster’s name, but thank you to whoever it is!

tlg

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82 comments

  1. Isaac Mzinya · · Reply

    HI

    What happens if I fail to pay the application fee on time? I receive the letter very late.

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    1. unisa will not do any work on your application if you have not paid, therefore nothing will get done.

      you may be allowed to pay late, provided the course or degree for which you have applied has not closed for applications or registrations, if you miss these key dates you may have to apply in july.

      there is ample time to apply, its an easy process done online. there should be no reason why you would pay late, since you should pay up front.

      in any case, if you applying for next year you can apply now, pay your up front fee and they will get back to you. if you are successful you register will the dept where you wish to study, pay your fee and continue. if at the end of the semester you are not up to date with fees, you wll be allowed to write exams, but you wont get your results until payment has been made in full.

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  2. Nelly lekola · · Reply

    I want to know that am accepted or am not.

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    1. unisa should let you know by email or sms before the 25th of november. did you apply to do the llb?

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  3. kholofelo millicent · · Reply

    I’m looking for the account number for south Africans #application#

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  4. i cant see the course I want to do gender development

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    1. please contact unisa. this is a law blog.

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  5. mamikie · · Reply

    Are the banking details for first time applications done by the post the same as the ones for online,and do I have to pay the application fee when applying or must I also wait for the ref number from unisa before I pay the application fee?

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    1. its better to do everything online over the internet. keep records of all payments, reciepts and documents submitted and when you submitted them.

      get a lever arch file, write “UNISA” on it, and file everything, all payments, applications, registrations, modules. everything got to do with unisa. you may need it in the future.

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  6. Portia · · Reply

    Hi, I applied online but deposited my payment at the bank, they say if you apply online your fee will be R100, Im not sure if I did the right thing by paying that amount or should I have paid R150 because I didn’t do my payment online as well.. Thank you

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    1. pay 200. the rest will go toward a credit of you account and contact unisa

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      1. Alfred · ·

        I applied for Diploma in Law, i’ve pretty well completed the process,i paid the fee, and i havent heard from unisa since then,how do i know if my application is succesful or not?

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      2. unisa will contact you via sms and/or email to notify you of your outcome. it may take up to a month. unisa gets hundreds of thousands of applications every semester. good luck

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  7. Alfred · · Reply

    Hi, I’m Alfred, i appliied 2nd semester for LLB but i havent recieved any kind of correspondance from unisa,how do i know if my application was succesful or not? Its been over 3weeks now

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    1. unisa will contact you via sms and/or email to notify you of your outcome. it may take up to a month. unisa gets hundreds of thousands of applications every semester. good luck

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  8. Amahle · · Reply

    So now that I failed to pay application on time..when can I re_apply?

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    1. next semester. or email relevent dept for advice
      go to unisa.co.za for more info

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  9. I was doing a diploma in law and now I have changed my qualifcation to a llb but due to the fact that I had to write a supplementary exam,I had to request Unisa to cancel my supplementary exam so that I can carry on with my registration,however I did register for my modules and I haven’t paid the registration fee because I waited for a response from unisa to say that my supplementary exam has been cancelled. So now I have missed the deadline. Can I pay for my fees eventhough the closing dates has been closed?

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    1. hi karen
      the closing date for payment of registration is now 31 July 2014

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  10. Angelinah Shabangu-Dlamini · · Reply

    hi I am an aspiring UNISA student having applied for admission. I received a reference number 56888457, and was told to pay R100 since i applied on line. I want to ask if it is possible to pay at a post office since that is convenient to me and if it is possible to pay at the post office the application fee, what is the code for application fees that I can use when paying the application fee
    regards
    Angelinah Shabangu-Dlamini

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  11. I had a made a mistake when I was applyng to study on next year I was put a wrong email address what can I do to change the email address

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    1. go to unisa.ac.za and email the enquiry dept

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  12. I applied for a diploma in youth development and when I went to check at unisa they tell me I applied for higher certificate to study abet , but am certain that I choose youth development . Now am stressed cos registration is near by, pls help how can I change to study the course that I want

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  13. I applied online,i received reference bt when i pay at bank i filled in the numbers used for study fees,i just received a letter now and they told me to fill in 5370810030,is there anyway that i might get a chance to fix this.

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  14. Tammy pieterse · · Reply

    Hi how do i notify unisa that i have a new email address?

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    1. go into your myunisa account. go to biographical page. at the top of the page you will see a tab called “updated information” click that tab and update your email. it will be updated. unisa will know 🙂

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  15. I am LLD student No 41903765 and submitted in April 2014 but I was subsequently told to register. I have been trying but failed. What can I do? Please help.

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  16. Thokozile · · Reply

    I need to upload outstanding documents for Unisa before 27th (Monday), but have no valid email address please help am panicking

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    1. Unisa email or any email

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  17. sinenhlanhla penelope buthelezi · · Reply

    Great assistance

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  18. Valencia · · Reply

    Hi,Regarding the uploading of documents online,I’m currently still studying at another university,so I would like to know what exactly should I upload because I don’t understand the “academic record” part.I want to apply at UNISA for next year.

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    1. Academic record….your exam results. Official results on a letter head stamped by registrar

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  19. Valencia · · Reply

    Okay,thanks a lot.

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  20. Talita Miranda · · Reply

    I have applied online to Unisa last week and the following day they reminded me of having to pay application fee,which is R100 at Standard Bank….I wes already on my way to pay the money……and after that I never had another message from them…so are they still gonna talk to me?

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  21. Liberty · · Reply

    I have applied and pay the application fee but i haven’t receive any message yet.

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    1. be patient. it should come via email or sms

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      1. I applied online last week Friday, got a response with a reference. I made my payment on Monday making use of my reference (space) then 5400374721.

        I’m confused, because I was told that I was suppose to write 5370810030 after my reference.
        is this correct , and if so.. should I go pay again? (Will they consider my payment regardless of the 5days that have passed ?

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      2. contact the finance dept and let them know whats going on. they need to allocate payment to your application. do you have a unisa student number?

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  22. Is the reference number they sent as a text as soon as they received my application, my student number ?

    And may you kindly help me with the contact details of the finance deportment.?

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    1. details for the finance dept can be found at unisa.ac.za. it would be advisable to go into your local unisa branch

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  23. I applied and paid da application fee then they sent me an email saying they have received my application fee and it’s complete the big question is how do I know that I can go nd register .

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  24. delani · · Reply

    i have been applied at unisa for admission on second semester 2015 and i meet al requirment and pay application fee bt stil now i ddnt receive any email from unisa how long it take you back to us?? am jst confused real as some of us says they alread got it who can you do that to us

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  25. Hey iv applied on 08 April 2015 and got my reference so naw I dont knw what to do becouse I ddnt received yet any email or letter plz check my application and send it to my email plz 57785813

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  26. I have completed a detective course with the saps and also have 15 credits toward a b.com degree. I want to now study b.a criminology. How do i go about transferring credits and being recognised for my previous qualification?

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    1. you need to complete and send unisa this form DSAR04 >> http://www.unisa.ac.za/contents/study2012/docs/DSAR04_2014_form.pdf

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  27. Hi there I applied I applied at unisa a month ago and I have not received any response

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    1. me neither…

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  28. michelle · · Reply

    hie i received a refference number with 8 digits saying i shld go and pay R100 so that my application may be processed and completed within 5days but when i went to the bank they said they needed a 10th digit together with the refference number which i had not receievd from UNISA i then receievd a letter from UNISA which had that digit of which it was after the closing date so i then went and paid the money.So i want to know if what i did was useful or i am supposed to re-apply next semester?

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    1. just go pay it

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      1. michelle · ·

        I did pay it so am supposed to wait for UNISA’s response is it?

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  29. ntombi · · Reply

    plz help i applied to unisa
    6 weeks ago and they gave me ref
    number bt i made a mistake on the deposit slip i put the wrong code instead of 5370810030 what can i do now

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    1. best to go into your local unisa branch and sort it out, it will be alot quicker for you this way

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  30. I applied for LLB at UNISA &they were busy sending me some msg I think my application went well coz I do qualify….my question is I’m going to get a confirmation letter before registration or what?

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  31. Which code is used for the application fees?

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  32. michelle · · Reply

    When is the application for students starting in 2016 january going to start?

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  33. I applied via internet and unisa sent me an acknoledgement letter with a student code,is that the code I should use to deposit the application fee?

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    1. go into unisa. im not sure now. i use the online method to pay via credit card

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  34. johannes baloyi · · Reply

    is been a week since i’ve applied nd waiting for a response.now i want to ask whether can i also apply for (nsfas) while my application is still in the process.because i’m scared that so soon the application are closing?

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  35. I applied for llb n payed e fee do I need to send proof of payment to unisa

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    1. you paid how? eft? direct at bank? credit card?

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  36. if I apply for three qualification online do I have to pay the application fee for them all

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    1. i would think so

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  37. How do i apload my documents?

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  38. Hi admin. I need your help. I applied at Unisa monday and got the massage yesterday and payed the fees today. I need to apply for Nsfas do I have to wait untill I’m accepted or should I apply now with the student code I got from UNISA

    Thanks

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    1. pls go into your nearest branch

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  39. When I check my unisa online application which I made last week Friday my cellphone number has been wrongly typed. How do I edit it? Secondly how soon am I going to receive email of my student number?

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  40. franciscah Oliphant · · Reply

    Hey, how to check my application status

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  41. I applayed at unisa and received a reference number now I want to pay an application fee at standard bank,but it is said here that you can pay at standard bank if you have a student number.Is this reference number a student number

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    1. please read the instructions on payment given to you by unisa.

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  42. Hy I have done wth my application and payed vai deposit slip , what am left with is to send the proof of payment so which email address do unisa use for proof of payment

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    1. use google, go to unisa website and look it up

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  43. Hi,i applied to unisa online and i received a student code,so i need to know if i sjould use that student call to pay the R100 application fee

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    1. go with your card and student number to a unisa branch and pay. or pay online on the unisa site. paying direct through the bank takes days to reflect

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  44. HI, I keep on applying online at unisa but I can manage to go through because it keeps on saying error but when I check my application I filled up everything im supposed to what should I do I’m confused

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    1. go to your nearest unisa branch

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  45. Thannqq u soo much for all the information

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    1. glad to help.

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  46. Can i pay admin fee after three days of closing date bacause i applied online

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