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Frequently asked questions: 2017 fee adjustment (missing middle) grant

If you are unsure of anything related to the 2017 fee adjustment (missing middle) grant application process, we suggest that you work through the following frequently asked questions - you might find your answers here.

What is the 2017 fee adjustment (missing middle) grant?

In November 2016, the Minister of Higher Education and Training announced that Government would subsidise the fee adjustment for all qualifying registered students with a combined family income of up to R600 000 per annum in 2017. If approved, this subsidy will be in the form of a grant (not a loan), which will reflect on the student's fee account.

The fee adjustment (missing middle) grant will cover the difference between Unisa's 2016 and 2017 student fees.

I'm not sure if I qualify? Should I still apply?

We encourage you to apply for the 2017 fee adjustment (missing middle) grant even if you are not sure if you meet the necessary criteria. All applications will go through an evaluation process where certain information will be verified. Unisa will inform you of the outcome of your application for semester 2 of the 2017 academic year by no later than the end of September 2017.


I have student fees outstanding from a previous academic year. May I still apply?

Yes. Applications for the 2017 fee adjustment grant are for the 2017 academic year, that is, for modules for which you are registered for the 2017 academic year. It is important to note that an application is no guarantee that your grant will be approved.

What does the 2017 fee adjustment (missing middle) grant cover?

If your application is successful, your Unisa student fee account will be adjusted with the relevant amount. The grant may only be used for tuition / student fees (excludes prescribed book and administrative costs).


I support myself. Why do my mother, father, spouse and / or legal guardian have to sign my declaration and credit check consent form?

If your parents and / or legal guardian do not contribute to your household income, you do not need their signatures on the declaration and credit check consent form.

What is the declaration and credit check consent form?

By completing and submitting this form, you give Unisa and its designated service providers permission to verify the information you submit as part of your application.

What documents do I need to submit as part of my application for the 2017 fee adjustment grant?

You must submit the declaration and credit check consent form. You do not need to submit any other documents at this time.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Unisa will inform you of the outcome of your application by no later than the end of September 2017.

If my application is successful, when will the grant reflect on my student account?

The fee adjustment grant will reflect as a credit entry on your student account. It will reflect as a separate line under "DHET - GAP GRANT".

My application for the fee adjustment grant was declined. Can I appeal the outcome? 

Yes, but only if you believe there has been an administrative error in the processing of your application. Details of the appeals process will be made available at a later stage.