SACAP Fees 2025

SACAP Fees

Please find below the following information to assist you with the financial and administration side of your SACAP experience:

Payment terms

SACAP offers three different payment terms:

  1. Fees paid upfront for the year (in the case of cash payments a 5% discount may be applied if payment is made two weeks before term commences), or
  2. Fees paid upfront for the term (payable before the commencement of term), or
  3. Deposit and monthly debit order. These amounts are detailed on your proforma invoice. The deposit must be paid and completed debited order handed into Admissions before the commencement of term.

Unfortunately, we do not accept monthly EFT or Stop order payment arrangements. If you do not wish to pay upfront, you will need to sign a debit order form.

International Students must pay upfront for the term or year as debit orders are not a permitted payment option. Additionally, should a refund be due, the refund can only be made to a South African bank account as refunds cannot be made to international accounts.

Annual Registration Fee

Please note that once student has been accepted, the annual registration fee is due and payable in full and is not refundable. A registration fee is charged on an annual basis, and thus will be payable once again for a student’s second year of studies until they have completed their qualification.

Application Fee

An application fee is charged on application and is not refundable whether the application is successful or unsuccessful

The fees will differ according to your qualification and mode of study. SACAP is a private higher institution as such do not receive any funding from the government. The total of your fees will depend on whether you are a full-time or part time student. Fees also differ for students studying on campus versus online.

For a full breakdown of our fee structure please contact: info@sacap.edu.za or call 021 671 7692 (Cape Town & Online students) or 011 447 4939 (Johannesburg Campus).

Withdrawal Policy

“Withdrawal” refers to the termination of a student’s enrolment. Any SACAP student who wishes to permanently discontinue their studies with the College must complete a Withdrawal of Study Form and submit it to Student Services for processing.

Refund of Fees:

  • Please note that the full registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Module fees will be refunded at the rate of 100% for module(s) not commenced if written notification is received prior to the close of registration.
  • Withdrawal within one (1) week of the module’s commencement: 75% of the full module fee will be refunded.
  • Withdrawal within two (2) weeks of the module’s commencement: 50% of the full module fee will be refunded.
  • Withdrawal within three (3) weeks of the module’s commencement: 25% of the full module fee will be refunded.
  • Withdrawal requested in over three weeks of the module’s commencement will be liable for the full module fee, i.e. no refund will be granted, unless mitigating circumstances warrant full refund.

All requests for withdrawals, deferrals and extensions must be directed to Student Services for review at the Academic Review Meeting (ARM). In the case where one cannot wait for the ARM decision, the Managing Director and Academic Dean will make an informed and final decision, e.g.: in the instance of death, bereavement, or severe illness.

Extension of Study Policy

For the purpose of this policy, “extension of study” refers to a student’s request for pause or break in their studies during the course of their qualification, e.g. a term. A maximum of one academic year could be granted based on the student’s motivation and personal circumstances. Student registration fees are not waived in the case of an extension of study and are still payable in full. The following procedure is to be followed when applying for an extension of study:

  • A student requiring an extension of study is to complete an Extension of Study Request Form providing motivation for the request.
  • The completed Extension of Study Request form is to be submitted to the Student Administrator’s Office for review at the Student Review Meeting (SRM).
  • Based on the request the Student Administrator will process the extension of study.

A student’s termly registration fee will still be due and payable.

Extension Credit of Fees

  • Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.
  • A completed Extension of Study Request form submitted prior to the close of registration: 100% of the full module fee will be credited.
  • A completed Extension of Study Request form submitted within one week of the module’s commencement: 75% of the full module fee will be credited.
  • A completed Extension of Study Request form submitted within two weeks of the module’s commencement: 50% of the full module fee will be credited.
  • A completed Extension of Study Request form submitted within three weeks of the module’s commencement: 25% of the full module fee will be credited.
  • A completed Extension of Study Request form submitted over three weeks of the module’s commencement will result in the full module fee being due and payable, i.e. no credit will be granted, unless mitigating circumstances approved by the SRM, warrant full credit.
  • Please note that refunds are only made at the end of the month.

Deferral Policy

For the purpose of this policy, “deferral” refers to the postponement of study in the module in which a student has already registered/enrolled. Within this policy, module fees are NOT REFUNDED but may be credited for future learning. Please note: Student registration fees are not waived in the case of a deferral and are still payable in full.

  • A student requesting to defer a module is to complete a Deferral Request Form.
  • The completed Deferral Request Form is to be submitted to the Student Administrator’s Office for review at the Student Review Meeting (SRM) for a final decision. Deferrals are granted on a case by case basis and ratified through the SRM.
  • Students will not be penalised for their deferrals except where the reasons for deferral are deemed unreasonable. In these instances, students who decide to unreasonably withdraw will be held liable for any outstanding fees.
  • Fees for modules already paid will be credited to the next module or trimester’s studies.
  • The maximum period of deferral is 1 trimester – if a student has not resumed contact with the College within this period, the credit will automatically be withdrawn.
  • A deferral will not be granted if the student has attended 6 or more classes of a module, unless serious mitigating circumstances apply.

Deferred module(s) will be removed off MySACAP

Deferral Credit of Fees

  • Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.
  • A completed Deferral Request Form submitted prior to the close of registration: 100% of the full module fee will be credited.
  • A completed Deferral Request Form submitted during the week whereby study materials are released and within one week of the module’s commencemnt: 75% of the full module fee will be credited.
  • A completed Deferral Request Form submitted within two weeks of the module’s
  • commencement: 50% of the full module fee will be credited.
  • A completed Deferral Request Form submitted within three weeks of the module’s
  • commencement: 25% of the full module fee will be credited.
  • A request for deferral after three weeks is considered to be an incomplete module and no credit will be granted unless mitigating circumstances warrant it, approved by the SRM.
  • Please note that refunds are only made at the end of the month.

Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.