Returning undergraduate students
Welcome back to Wits for the 2018 academic year
1. Registration process
- Refer to the faculty information below to find your registration date.
- For a step by step guide to online registration, please click here.
- Returning students who require curriculum counselling may be required to register on campus.
2. Log In Information
- Please note that to login to the self-service portal, access 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 are required to make your first payment of R9 340 towards your fees before enrolment. If you cannot afford to make this first payment before 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.
- 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 document.
- Download the Acknowledgement of Debt 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 to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and you will then 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 by NSFAS for funding in 2018; or
- given a Wits University Scholarship.
Should you not make payment or apply to defer the first payment, you will not be able to register.
4. 2018 Fees and funding
- An 8% tuition fee increment will be implemented in 2018.
- Residence accommodation rental will increase by 10 % in 2018 but there will be no increase in the price of residence dining hall meal.
- Students already in the system and funded through NSFAS under current criteria, will continue to be funded. This means that these students will receive full bursaries for the actual cost of tuition and prescribed learning materials, as well as subsidised accommodation where applicable. Qualifying students may be eligible for subsidised accommodation and living costs, including meals. In terms of the new funding model, the state provides the cost of accommodation, meals and basic living requirements capped at a specific amount for those who require it. Need will be determined according to policies implemented at the institutional level (e.g. only available to students who live further than a defined number of kilometres from the campus where they are studying). 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. 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. No “double dipping” will be permitted.
- Please note that the new funding threshold for students from households with an income of up to R350 000, only applies to New First Time Entering students from school, and not returning students.
- 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. Students who applied for and received the gap grant funding in 2017 will not have to apply again and will be automatically covered. If you did not apply in 2017 and wish to receive the gap grant funding for 2018 you must apply at the time of registration on the self service portal.
Further details on the various finance options will be made available in the first week of January 2018.
5. Outstanding Fees
- Students owing R10 000 or less from prior year debt will be able to roll over the debt and register in 2018.
- Students owing more than R10 000 will be able to re-register with prior year debt if 50% of the historical debt is paid, and an Acknowledgement of Debt is signed and a payment plan with the Fees Office is arranged.
- NSFAS funded continuing students who have university debt will be permitted to register.
Please note the banking details below for the payment of fees: Standard Bank account number: 002891697; Branch code: Braamfontein 004805;
Account name: Wits Student Fees; Reference: Student number. Email proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once you have registered, you can access self-service to view and print: proof of registration and your lecture timetable.
7. Faculty Specific Information
- Please note that your faculty has also sent correspondence to you which should be read in conjunction with this information.