UNISA requires that you pay at least half of your study fees at the time that you register for a course. The other half is payable approximately 2 months thereafter. All too often students find that they are unable to meet with the second payment by the time the due date arrives. The modules are then financially cancelled (FC) and will be marked as “financial suspension” on the exam timetable.
Notify UNISA About Delay
If you know that you cannot meet with the second payment then you should inform UNISA as soon as possible. Do not leave it for the last day of the payment deadline to try contacting UNISA. There is no guarantee that the finance department will give you any leeway but it is worth speaking to the staff and explaining your situation well ahead of time of the deadline. Like any institution, UNISA knows that students may face financial difficulties and if the timing is adequate, UNISA may consider extending the deadline.
Please note that UniLife is not an official university platform. We do not represent UNISA and therefore cannot confirm or deny whether UNISA will assist students with a delay in payment.
What Will Happen?
The consequences of not paying on time may not necessarily be permanent. UNISA usually cancels your modules if you have not made the second payment of your student fees. Although paying later will reinstate these modules, it is important to remember that it can still compromise your academic performance for the year. When the module is cancelled, you may not be able to submit assignments. Even if it is reinstated later, you will end up with a lower year mark and may be ineligible to write the final exams.
Once the deadline for an assignment is passed, you cannot appeal to submit the assignment late even if you have resolved the finance issue. Lecturers and module leaders are not involved with the finances of UNISA and do not accept any excuses. Even if the fault is not yours but related to a problem with a student loan, scholarship, bursary or financial aid, late payment has the same consequences. Therefore it is important to sort out the finance issue well before the second payment deadline.
Can I write exams?
Yes. UNISA usually allows you to write the exam provided that your year mark qualifies you for exam admission. However, your results will not be released until all outstanding payments have been settled. You will also not be able to register for the next semester without paying the outstanding fees.