Information for new and returning postgraduate students
STEP 1: Settle first fee payment / Confirm your bursary or scholarship
- All self-funded students are required to make a first fee payment towards fees BEFORE registration. This is a standard amount of R9340 that is applicable to all South African Citizen students. Students will not be able to register if this amount is not paid. Payments via EFT should be made 4 days in advance to clear before registration.
- If you cannot make this payment by the time you register, you can apply for a First Fee payment postponement. This Fee is part of your total academic charge which is payable by the end of April. Students can complete the First Fee payment postponement on the student self-service portal.
- You can only apply for a First Fee postponement if you have been offered, and have accepted, a place in a programme.
- The first fee payment is not applicable if you:
- have been made a provisional offer for NSFAS funding for 2023;
- have been given a full Wits University Scholarship
- Sponsored students can load their sponsor letters on the student self-service portal under the Financial Aid tile.
- NSFAS funded students will be cleared automatically if the university has been informed of their funding status.
Information on fees, terms and conditions, and funding
- Please visit the Fees and FASO web pages for information on fees, various funding options, scholarships and bursaries.
- The Fees Office and Financial Aid and Scholarships Offices are also available to answer queries prior to and during registration from January on https://witshelp-ism.saasiteu.com/Modules/SelfService
- Students owing R10 000 or less from prior years will be able to roll over the debt and register for the new academic year.
- A student who has combined gross household income of R600k and below will be able to apply for registration assistance by paying 50% of the outstanding debt due and signing an acknowledgement of debt online and entering in a payment plan arrangement to pay the balance of the debt during the academic year.
- Verification of Proof of household income, consent of Income verification, proof of payment (50% of outstanding) and motivation for assistance is required to verify eligibility
- On-line Acknowledgment of Debt Form can be accessed via the self-service portal using the link: https://self-service.wits.ac.za
- Students who have secured NSFAS funding for the current academic year with outstanding amounts will be notified via email on what process they need to follow.
Outstanding fees: Sponsored students
- NSFAS funded Students with an outstanding balance hold (SFB) less than R120-000 will be directed to complete a sponsorship Acknowledgement of Debt (AOD). The hold will be cleared automatically after submission.
- NSFAS funded students who owe more than R120-000 will be directed to complete the Historical Acknowledgement of Debt. The student will be required to pay 50% of the outstanding balance before completing the Historical AOD and proof of payment must be uploaded with the application. If the sponsorship letter is approved and Historical AOD is approved, then the SFB hold will be cleared. Student will then be able to proceed with registration. If the application is rejected, then the student can contact the Financial Aid Office on https://witshelp-ism.saasiteu.com/Modules/SelfService
- If a student is fully sponsored for the current academic year, owes less than R120- 000 and uploaded their sponsor letter, the student will be directed to complete a Sponsorship AOD. If the letter is approved, the AOD will be approved and then the SFB hold will be cleared. Student can proceed to register.
- If a student is fully sponsored for the current academic year, owes more than R120-000 and uploaded their sponsor letter, then the student will be directed to complete a Historical AOD. The student will be required to pay 50% of the outstanding balance before completing the Historical AOD and proof of payment must be uploaded with the application. If the sponsorship letter is approved and Historical AOD is approved, then the SFB hold will be cleared. The student will then be able to proceed with registration. If the application is rejected, then the student can appeal through the FEES office on https://witshelp-ism.saasiteu.com/Modules/SelfService
- All international students must pay 75% of the annual tuition fee and other related costs, as well the on-campus accommodation fee on or before registration. The student can obtain a fee estimate on the student self-service portal of the relevant costs.
- must be cleared by the International Students Office before registering. For clearance information to enable you to register click here.
- The International Students Office is also available to answer queries, for contact details click here.
STEP 2: Register before the deadline
Most students can register online from home using the Self-Service Portal and are encouraged to register off-campus. Should be unable to complete your registration online, or if you need assistance such as curriculum counselling, you may register on campus at Assisted Registration.
Each faculty has specific dates and deadlines for both Online and Assisted Registration (access the dates here). You must complete your registration within these times, or your offer may be withdrawn. The University cannot guarantee a position for students who do not register on time.
Beat the queue and register online! Click here for a step-by-step guide. You will be asked for the following information during online registration:
- Confirmation of Personal Details
- Medical Aid details where applicable
- If you wish to be considered for a funding opportunity, an indication of your annual household income
- If your curriculum is flexible, the courses you wish to register for.
- Should you require parking, please apply for a Parking Permit on the self-service portal.
Should you be unable to register online, or if you have special requirements, you may register on campus at Assisted Registration on the specific dates for your Faculty. Remember to bring your ID document with you to Assisted Registration.
You will be able to collect your student card and parking permit at Assisted Registration. The Fees, Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, International Students Office, Faculty, and Student Enrolment Centre are available at Assisted Registration.
Once enrolled, you will be able to access more functionality on the Self-service Portal, such as proof of registration as well as your timetable.
STEP 3: Collect your student card
If you register online, you will need to come to campus to:
- Update your "Kudu" student card from any Kudu Card Office. You are required to provide proof of identification, such as your ID document, valid passport or driver's licence.
- Collect a parking permit if parking is required. Complete your application for parking on the self-service portal, and then collect your sticker from the Parking Office.