New first year students
Welcome to the 2018 registration process for 1st year students
1. Have you received a firm offer from the University?
- If you have written matric or an equivalent school-leaving qualification this year, you will receive an SMS in January 2018 shortly after the results are announced, confirming your Firm Offer.
- Please access https://self-service.wits.ac.za to view your status.
- You must accept the offer via SMS or on Self-Service within 3 days to secure your place. Should you not do so, the offer will be withdrawn, and the place will be offered to another student. NO telephonic or email acceptances can be made. You may only accept one offer.
- You may find that you have been placed on a waiting list or have a deferred status for your programme. As decision-making is an ongoing process, we will monitor the situation on a daily basis and notify you via SMS or on self-service once a firm offer is made.
2. Log In Information
Please log into the self-service portal via https://self-service.wits.ac.za using the following details:
- Student ID = Person Number
- Password = date of birth in YYMMDD format.
3. BEFORE you Register
- You have to receive a firm offer from the University.
- You are required to make your first payment of R9 340 towards your fees before registration. If you cannot afford to make this first payment before registration/enrolment, please access the self-service portal https://self-service.wits.ac.za to acknowledge that you can only make payment on the 30th of March 2018, by which time your fees should be settled in full or an Acknowledgement of Debt should be signed.
- Please note that you can only apply to defer the first fee payment if you have been offered a place in aprogramme and you have accepted the offer. This information is available on the self-service portal. The form can be found by clicking on the words "2018 tuition fee".
- Please download the Acknowledgement of Debt (AOD) document.
- Download the Acknowledgement of Debt document with guidance notes on how to fill it in.
- Download the average minimum-maximum fees schedule.
- If you have been awarded an external bursary or scholarship please present proof of this to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and you will not be required to make a first payment.
- You are also not required to make a first payment if you:
- have been made a provisional offer for NSFAS funding for 2018;
- have been given a Wits University Scholarship;
- fall within the new funding threshold – i.e. your family earnings are below R350 000 as announced by the President. If you fall into this category, you will be required to request a deferral of the first fee payment via the self-service portal: https://self-service.wits.ac.za.This information will be provided to NSFAS to assist NSFAS in identifying students in this category. Please refer to paragraph 4 for more information.
Should you not make payment or apply to defer the first payment, you will not be able to register.
4. 2018 Fees
The 2018 Fees Schedule is available via www.wits.ac.za/study-at-wits/fees-and-funding/fees-office/
- Any First Time Entering Student (FTEN) whose gross household income per annum is R350 000 and below will receive funding in 2018, which will be made available as a bursary, with conditions, if they qualify. Students who apply and qualify for these bursaries will have to sign a contract with NSFAS. The contract will have binding obligations attached. These will include academic requirements as well as service requirements. The actual cost of tuition and prescribed study materials will be covered. Qualifying students may also be eligible for subsidised accommodation and living costs, including meals. Accommodation will be capped at defined institutional accommodation rates. Where meals are not included in the cost, a separate standard allowance will be made available.
- First time entering students who have been awarded bursaries or scholarships from other funders, will not qualify for full NSFAS bursaries. NSFAS will only consider financial aid to these students on a ‘top-up’ basis if they are not fully funded through their bursary or scholarship. NSFAS will work with universities to ensure that there is no “double dipping”. Should you receive a Wits University Entrance Scholarship, you will not be eligible to receive the monetary value of the award if you are receiving a NSFAS grant or another bursary.
- Students from households earning up to R600 000 per annum will have only their 2018 fee increase paid for by the state through gap grant funding if they have applied for it. New first time entering Students must apply for the 2018 gap grant funding at the time of registration on the Wits University self-service portal.
Further details on the various finance options will be made available in the first week of January 2018.
The University’s banking details are: Standard Bank account number: 002891697; Branch code: Braamfontein 004805; Account name: Wits Student Fees; Ref: Student number. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Based on your programme of study, you will be able to register online at home (Click here for a step by step guide to online registration) or on the Wits campus.
- Refer to the faculty information below to find your registration date.
- The University cannot guarantee your place if you do not register on the day set aside for your programme and faculty.
- Once enrolled, you can access self-service to view and print: Proof of registration, and your lecture timetable
6. Compulsory Online Survey
- As part of developing a better understanding of the financial, educational and social needs of our students, the University is collecting biographic information from all first-year undergraduate students. Please note completing this section of the registration process is compulsory. The information obtained from this questionnaire will assist the University in offering relevant and responsive support throughout your studies. It will be treated with confidentiality. If you need help completing the questionnaire, please email us on bqhelp.BIS@wits.ac.za.
7. After you have registered
- Once you have completed the online registration process, you will be required to come to campus to collect your student access card, information bag and parking permit (if applicable). Refer to Step 8 of the Online Registration Guide.