Unisa Fee – All You Need To Know

Have the question of how much Unisa Fees crossed your mind before? Wondering how much a student needs in order to enroll in Unisa? This article sort to answer all your questions about Unisa Fee. 

As the largest University in South Africa according to Wikipedia, UNISA enrolls one-third of all higher education students in the country and beyond. UNISA has a student population of about 400,000 every year which includes males, females, South African nationals, and foreigners from other countries.

The University has both vocational courses and programs as well as academic programs with eight faculties tailored for students who enroll every year. UNISA is 149 years and is located in Pretoria.

UNISA was ranked the 6th best University in South Africa. It is accredited by the South African Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education and registered with the South African Qualifications Authority.

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How Much Is UNISA Application Fee?

Anyone who wishes to apply to the University of South Africa will have to pay Unisa application fee of  R120. Applicants must note that this application fee is non-refundable. This means that whether or not the applicant gains admission, the R120 paid will not be given back to them.

Also, UNISA will not accept any physical cash at any of their offices. Applicants will have to pay into the UNISA’s  First National Bank Account.

Do I Have To Pay An Application Fee Every time I Apply To UNISA?

The answer is No. Applicants do not have to pay an application fee every time they apply to UNISA as it is a once-off fee. Once they pay the application fee and receive a student number and an application reference number, they can apply with that student’s number.

How Long Does It Take To Pay UNISA Application Fee?

After an applicant has paid their application fee, it will take UNISA between two to ten working days for the application fee to reflect and push through. This will be made possible if and only if all information provided on the deposit slip is devoid of errors. Applicants must note that cheques are not accepted.

How Much Is UNISA Registration Fee?

With UNISA’s registration fee, it is safe to say that the more modules you register for, the higher your registration fee. This means that if you register for one module, you will pay R2000. If an applicant registers for two modules, they will have to pay R4000 and if they register for three modules, they will pay R6000 in that order.

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Do You Pay Fees To Study At UNISA?

Yes, you need to pay school fees to study at the University of South Africa. This should be paid following registration. The fees will have to be paid into UNISA’s official bank account which will enable the university to process your application.

How Much Is The School Fees At UNISA?

UNISA’s school fees as it has been said are quite reasonable and affordable as compared to other universities. That notwithstanding, the fees that applicants or students pay are dependent on the qualification of the student and also the number of modules they have chosen.

On average, a student who registers for four or six modules annually may pay between R1,743,00  and R6,722,00 which is subject to change.

The bills paid for the modules do not include the books that will be prescribed to the student. Fees that will be charged on books are separate and must be added to the full cost of study.

When Must UNISA Fee Be Paid?

Applicants must make sure that they have paid their fees before closing dates. For students who are re-registering or applying for a bursary, they must make sure they have made all necessary payments and have submitted receipts to the school before the closing date.

How Do You Calculate UNISA’s School Fees?

UNISA’s school fees differ from one student to the next. The fees paid by students depend on a lot of factors. The qualification of the student is one and the number of modules they chose.

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Irrespective of all of that, there is a prescribed school fee that every student has to pay which includes registration fees, miscellaneous, and fees for additional study materials.

After choosing the modules, an applicant may proceed to calculate their fees online.


As mentioned earlier, there are prescribed fees to be paid by students. Here is a list of various qualifications and their prescribed fees.

How Much Does UNISA Cost Per Year?

UNISA’s fees are dependent on the modules chosen amongst other things. On average, however, a student may pay between R1,743,00  and R6,722,00 and be subject to change.

How To Pay UNISA Fees (Online and Offline Method)

At UNISA, student fees are broken down and they are as follows;

  • Application fee
  • Tuition fee
  • Additional fee for students who are outside South Africa and Africa
  • Miscellaneous

At UNISA, cash is not accepted so payment of all fees will have to be paid into the UNISA’s official bank account or use the other payment methods.

For those using online methods to pay fees, they can use the MyUnisa at http://www.unisa.ac.za/sites/corporate/default/Apply-for-admission/Student-fees-and-funding-your-studies/Unisa-payment-methods-and-banking-details 

UNISA Payment Methods

Here are the various payment methods at UNISA

  • Debit Cards- this will be accepted if the applicant or student registers in person at UNISA regional offices.
  • Credit Cards-  these cards are restricted to Visa and Mastercards. If the holder registers in person at Sunnyside or any of the UNISA regional offices. It must be noted that these are meant for real-time transactions.
  • UNISA Web Credit Card Payment-  follow this link to use this service https://www.unisa.ac.za/sites/corporate/default/Register-to-study-through-Unisa/Web-registration/Web-credit-card-payments
  • Bank Deposit- the applicant can also deposit into UNISA’s First National Bank account. They must make sure details are correct to the latter as any discrepancies may affect their registration process.
  • Electronic Funds Transfers- this can be done at First National Bank or any bank that uses EFTs
  • Note that cheques will not be accepted

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How Do I Pay My Outstanding Fees?

To pay your outstanding fees, use any of the payment methods discussed above. Applicants and students must note that UNISA will not process anything for a student who has outstanding fees and they cannot re-register until they have settled all their old debts.

Can I Pay UNISA Fees With Capitec App?

UNISA is an approved public beneficiary at Capitec Bank so making fees payment with them is quite easier. Follow these steps;

  • Go on the app and click on transact
  • Select payment and key in your pin
  • Proceed to select the beneficiary
  • You can then key in payment details 
  • Key in your pin and submit to complete payment

Does NSFAS Pay Registration Fees At Unisa?

If a student is on NSFAS, they do not have to pay any registration fee. Students who are registered on NSFAS will have their registration and school fees paid by this bursary.

Can I Register at Unisa If I Have Outstanding Fees?

No, you will not be allowed to register with UNISA if you owe them. You will have to settle all outstanding payments before you are permitted to.

When Are Unisa Fees Due?

Applicants must make sure that they have settled all fees before the closing dates of registration otherwise their application will not be processed.

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