UNISA Registration

Want to know about UNISA registration?  This page gives you a detailed tutorial on how to register with UNISA.

Please remember that you need to apply at UNISA and be accepted before you can start to register your subjects to study.  If you need help on application read here to find out how to apply to study with UNISA.

If you are a First-Year Student at Unisa in 2018, then you can study for free. If your household income is less than R350 000 per year, then NSFAS will fund your studies with a Bursary (free study), instead of a study loan.

However, if you want to know how to register your subjects after you accepted please read on!

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UNISA Registration Process 101

For first-time students at UNISA, here is a list of steps to make your registration stress-free:

  1. Register during the Registration Period

First you need to know the Registration Dates, as you can only register during certain periods in the year.

Then visit UNISA. Scroll down a little, and click on the blue block that says “Register to Study“.

UNISA Register button


  1. Choose the option that is applicable to you

  • Undergraduate & honours qualifications
  • Master\’s & doctoral degrees
  • Short Learning Programmes
Different UNISA Programmes
  1. Registration Process Begins

UNISA registration process start

Read the text and once you are ready click on the Start the process button.

start the process


  1. Find your qualification

choose qualification

There are multiple ways to search for your qualification. Choose the option that suits you.

Different ways to search

Once your search is complete, select your qualification.

Select qualification

Once you are happy with the qualification you selected, scroll down and click the Proceed to calculating your student fees button.

proceed to calculating your student fees


  1. Calculate your study fees

calculate unisa study fees

Read the text and use the buttons under the Prescribed student fees heading to help you calculate your study fees.

prescribed student fees
  1. Submit your registration

Once you have calculated your study fees, click on number 3 in the Registration Process.

submit your registration

Read the text and use the buttons under the Registration Options heading to choose which way you will submit your registration. Hint: The online option is the quickest.

unisa registration options


  1. Pay your study fees

After submitting your registration you need to pay your study fees. Click on number 4 to continue.

pay your study fees

Click the Payment methods button to explore the different options UNISA accepts.

payment methods unisa accepts

Once you have made payment you can click on the What to do after you\’ve completed the registration process button at the bottom of the page.

after registration complete button
  1. What happens after registration?

You can find useful information on this page which will explain what you can do now that you have completed your UNISA registration.

After registration

Together We Pass’s helpful tips from Nita Ramroop and Nerraine September on UNISA registration:

  1. Register early

If you register in January, you lose five weeks of study time! Remember how stressful this term was and try to work consistently throughout this term. You can then register online, at a regional office or by post/fax. It’s advisable to register online as that is the fastest and easiest. Register online.

  1. Check any outstanding work

If you are already a UNISA student, check the modules you still have to complete. UNISA often change their UNISA course codes and if you submit an assignment under an old course code, it will be listed as outstanding.

  1. Check the textbooks that are required for each subject

Some textbooks are updated every year and the one you have may be out of date. Other textbooks, you may be able to use for a couple of years in a row. Best to check before you register (and before you buy or sell any study notes). Check which textbooks have been prescribed for your module.

  1. Be wise when choosing your modules

Many students get demotivated or give up if they start with a module they aren’t interested in or one that is too hard. Start with a module you think you’ll enjoy and it will encourage you to keep going. When registering for your modules, make sure that you use the module code and not the module name.

  • Don’t wait for your marks to be released as they are always late! Choose modules that don’t have prerequisites or that have prerequisites that you already fulfill.
  • Remember you can register some modules now and others (if you are waiting for marks) later.
  • You can confirm your qualification, choose your modules and calculate your fees.
                              1. Look at the exam dates

Check the above three points again and see which exams aren’t too close together. It’s a tough process, but try plan at least one day between each paper to perform your best. Use this tool to check your exam dates.

                              1. Look at your resources

Before you register, ensure you have internet access and good computer knowledge as these are crucial to you having a worthwhile academic experience.

                              1. Manage your payment

When you’re on the UNISA site, choose the online registration option. A new tab will pop up with instructions. Follow the instructions and then pay directly after registration. When you’ve paid your required amount, print out your proof of payments and fax it through to UNISA’s registration department.

Check out the video clip below about the UNISA registration process

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Last updated: 14 February 2018

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