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Applications for the Unisa Short Learning Programmes are now open



Applications for the Unisa Short Learning Programmes are now open

Applications for the Unisa Short Learning Programmes are now open. Unisa (University of South Africa) invites individuals to apply for its Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) in 2024, providing an opportunity to enrich academic expertise or explore new fields of interest through versatile and effective short courses.

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Unisa Short Learning Programmes

Unisa offers a diverse range of short courses that cater to specific learning needs. These SLPs, commonly known as short courses, leverage online resources and are administered through the Centre for Lifelong Learning (UCL).

Application Details

  • Application Period: The application window for Unisa’s short courses is open until 28 February 2024.
  • Programme Requirements: The SLPs have varying requirements depending on the chosen programme.

Purpose and Approach of Unisa SLPs

Unisa’s SLPs focus on “just in time” and “just enough” learning, tailored to address specific needs identified by individuals, organizations, or society.

Available Short Courses by Faculty

Explore short courses in various faculties, including:

  • Accounting Sciences
  • Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Human Sciences
  • Law
  • Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • Other, Administration, and Professional

Eligibility Criteria

The following individuals are eligible to apply for Unisa’s Short Learning Programmes:

  • First-time Unisa applicants
  • Unisa students transitioning to a new Short Learning Programme
  • Previous applicants who were not offered admission

Application Process

  • Visit the Unisa website.
  • Click on ‘Apply.’
  • Under Short Learning Programmes, click on ‘Find Out More.’
  • Under ‘How to apply?’, click on ‘CLICK HERE to apply online.’
  • Click on the bubble next to ‘Short Learning Programmes.’
  • Follow the prompts and submit required documents.

Required Documents

Applicants need to submit the following documents:

  • Copy of school qualifications (e.g., Senior Certificate)
  • Copy of official tertiary academic record(s) if applicable
  • Copy of ID document (RSA students) or ID/passport (international students)
  • Copy of marriage certificate or divorce decree if applicable
  • Sworn translations of documents if not in English or Afrikaans

Application Fee

There is no application fee for Unisa’s Short Learning Programmes.

Additional Opportunities at Unisa

Apart from short courses, Unisa offers a wide range of certificates, degrees, diplomas, and courses at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Short courses are particularly beneficial for skill enhancement, especially for those employed.


Explore Unisa’s Short Learning Programmes for focused, online education. With diverse courses, eligibility for various applicants, and a straightforward application process, enhance your skills with no application fee.


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UNISA Paid Almost 150 000 NSFAS Allowances



UNISA Paid Almost 150 000 NSFAS Allowances

UNISA Paid Almost 150 000 NSFAS Allowances. Unisa has recently clarified misinformation circulating about NSFAS allowances, confirming that NSFAS allowances for 2024 are currently being disbursed.

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides financial assistance to students from poor and working-class backgrounds in the form of bursaries and loans. This funding is available to students studying at one of the 26 public universities or 50 TVET Colleges across the country.

Unisa is one of the universities where students can access NSFAS bursaries, which include allowances for student needs. However, the university has had to address false messages circulating about NSFAS allowances.

False Message Correction

A fake message recently circulated among students, claiming that NSFAS disbursements were delayed due to the absence of the DSF NSFAS manager, who was on leave until May 7, 2024. The message implied that payments could not be made without their authorization. Unisa responded to these rumors, clarifying that the message was fake and not issued by the university.

NSFAS Allowances Payment Update

Unisa confirmed that it has paid allowances to 149,348 students and continues to pay allowances as students update their banking details. Students are urged to activate their Unisa myLife email address to receive a link to update their banking details. Any queries can be directed to

Students must receive the link from Unisa on their myLife email to update their banking details. Unisa has been paying NSFAS allowances since March 19, 2024.

UNISA NSFAS Allowances For 2024

NSFAS disclosed that 25 out of the country 26 universities have paid allowances to students. This followed an agreement made by the financial aid scheme, which saw institutions responsible for paying February NSFAS allowances.

While Unisa, along with other universities, will facilitate February and March NSFAS allowances, NSFAS confirmed a return to the direct payment method in April 2024. Students will need to register with the direct payment service providers previously assigned to their institutions.

UNISA Remittance Advice

To receive their NSFAS allowances, Unisa NSFAS students will receive remittance advice confirming the amount to be paid to them. This advice is a notification from the payer that payment for an invoice has been transmitted and will be received very soon. Once students receive their remittance advice, they will receive their allowances within 48 hours.


UNISA proactive approach in addressing misinformation and ensuring the smooth disbursement of NSFAS allowances underscores its commitment to supporting students in their academic pursuits. By clarifying the situation and providing guidance on updating banking details, Unisa aims to streamline the process, enabling students to focus on their studies without financial constraints.

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