Does NSFAS Pay Unisa Registration Fees?

Before students are enrolled at Unisa, they are required to pay a registration fee, which some students may not be able to afford. Therefore, they may be wondering if NSFAS pays for Unisa registration fees.



The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a bursary that offers underprivileged students fully subsidized free higher education and training at any TVET College or public university.

Students at the University of South Africa (Unisa) are funded by NSFAS. Unisa is an Open and Distance Learning institution.

With the help of NSFAS funding, students are given the opportunity to get a degree, certificate or diploma at Unisa.

The bursary covers Unisa students’ registration fees. The following applies to students who are registering at the university:

  • First-time NSFAS applicants: Students are encouraged to ensure that they are temporarily registered during Unisa's registration period while waiting for NSFAS funding confirmation. If their NSFAS application is declined or delayed by the end of the registration period, they will be expected to find alternative funding before their registration will be activated.
  • Returning NSFAS students who were funded previously but have not yet completed their qualification: Students are encouraged to ensure that they are temporarily registered during Unisa's registration period while waiting for NSFAS funding confirmation.
  • Returning NSFAS students who received funding in the past, have been declined for funding for the current academic year and have appealed the decision: Students are requested to pay the minimum registration fee while they wait for the NSFAS appeal decision if they chose to do so.

Those who have been provisionally approved for NSFAS do not need to pay the minimum registration fee. Their registration will automatically be activated based on NSFAS funding confirmation received by Unisa.

Unfortunately, NSFAS does not provide students with refunds if they paid their registration fee themselves.

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