University application survival kit: prepare for success while saving time and stress

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With university application season now in full swing for matrics who want to pursue further studies next year, stress levels in homes across the country are rising as a result of the demanding administrative requirements associated with the process.

Most applications to reputable institutions will require the following:

• A certified copy of your identity document. Ensure that in the scanned copy the document, the picture, certification stamp, and writing are all very clear and easy to read.
• A certified copy of your Grade 11 school results as well as your April or prelim matric results.
• Your NBT number or results or both.
• A certified copy of the fee payer’s identity document as well as proof of banking details and residence.
• A certified testimonial from a school or equivalent if you are applying for residence.
• Application letters, forms, and portfolios for those programs that require them.
• All your contact details – telephone numbers, residential and postal addresses as well as a reliable mobile number and e-mail address (consider using your parent or guardian’s details if you are not good at responding to texts and emails).
• All the contact details of your next of kin, parents, guardians or sponsors – you will need a telephone and residential, postal and e-mail details.

The application process can further be streamlined and made more manageable if learners also ensure that they:

• Use easy-to-remember passwords and login details for online applications and keep records of all of them for each institution.
• Keep a record of reference numbers sent to them.
• Carefully track dates and requirements and keep to them, so that they don’t lose out on a place because they forgot, for instance, to pay the application fee.
• Complete the forms in absolute and correct detail, because mistakes can lead to them losing out on a place if it looks like they were trying to mislead the institution.
• Have all the information close at hand when filling in applications, so that they are not logged out while searching for something.
• Use the correct codes for courses as provided, so that there is no misunderstanding of exactly what is being applied for.

“The higher education application process is a job in itself, and a matriculant’s first taste of the new responsibilities and challenges that will come after their school years.” says.

Statement issued. Compiled by Jeretha Oosthuizen