10 Things you need to know about applying for university


Applying for a tertiary education is both exciting and overwhelming.  Get your head around registration and the costs involved so you can plan for that bright future of yours.  By Educational Psychologist Marinda Botha. 

Certain courses have additional admittance requirements such as interviews or entry exams.
Be aware of closing dates for applying. These might be different for different courses.
You need to pay a deposit with registration.
There is usually an early payment discount available.
Instalment options are available.
Additional costs for late registrations might apply.
You can apply for loans, funding and bursaries. Go to your preferred university’s website to have a look at possible bursaries.
Achievement awards are awarded each year to deserving candidates. These could help you fund your studies.
Most universities have a student bureau service that can assist you with choosing the right course, help you find your feet in this new environment and with skills development.
Buy used textbooks. On campus bookshops might have these available. Also check notice boards for other students selling their textbooks.
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Don’t let hidden costs sneak up on you. Consider these additional costs when applying for tertiary studies and find out how your chosen institution approaches them:

1. Summer and Winter school costs
2. Textbooks
3. Travel
4. Stationery
5. Printing
6. Internet
7. Photocopies
8. Meals
9. Residence fees
10. Additional examination fees
11. Laboratory fees
12. Parking fees

What cost saving tips for tertiary education can you share with us?