I can’t afford to study

Stop Paying When you are Finished With Your Course

Many students have an issue with not being able to afford course fees. This is why we at Skills Academy have done our best to make our courses as affordable as possible. One of the ways we do this is by stopping costs once you have finished and once you have got your certificate. In other words, if you complete a 12-month course in nine months then you are only paying for nine months.

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Cannot Afford to Study? Take a Break

Busy month at work? Baby just arrived? Need a break? When you cannot study, you do not have to pay. All you have to do is let us know two weeks in advance before planning to take your break and we will pause your studies and payments.

When you apply for a study break, we will discuss it with you and agree on a date on which you will start studying again. You can take a break for up to two months during your studies.

Here are a few rules to keep in mind:

  1. A student cannot take a break within the first three months after registering.
  2. The student’s account has to be up to date with payments before a break can be taken.
  3. A student cannot take a break for longer than two months.


Make Sure you get the Most out of Your Course: Start Right 

Choose the right course by getting advice from an expert

You deserve to get educational and career-related advice from an expert. As advice from neighbours, friends and family is usually not very reliable. They might have good intentions, but they lack the expert knowledge needed to help you make the best decision you possibly can.

We suggest you talk to someone who gives advice to students every day. Our course experts are trained in the latest developments in education. They understand adult learners. They can give you straight answers about accreditation, study hours, and how your tutors will help you understand the important parts of the work. Your course expert will make sure you register for the right course and they will give you that little push you need to get started.

We help you start off on the right foot

Your course will start with the basics. We help you get in the habit of studying a bit every week and help you to study effectively. You will start off with short chapters, easy assignments and small home tests to check that you understand your work.

We also help you plan your studies. If you are a busy person and do not have much time then we will help you form a schedule that works for you.

How our tutors help you

Making Sure you Finish Your Course Successfully

Are you held back by thoughts such as “I’m not a strong student”?

Are you hesitating to study because you did not do well in school? Or because you did not finish school? This is understandable, but know that just because your marks were not great in the past, does not mean it will stay that way forever.

As an adult learner, you get to choose a course and choose subjects that truly interest you. You get to focus on work that you actually really like, and this improves your chances of working hard and doing well.

We have tutors and lecturers that help you step by step

Most of our academic staff work full-time at Skills Academy. This is important because it means you can call us or message us in your online study group, and we will answer you on the same day.

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What Happens When Things Go Wrong?

Our tutors are ready to assist you over the phone or email whenever you are struggling with anything. You also have the option of posting your questions to your online study group and get help from your fellow students.

What happens if you feel like you are doing the wrong course?

We will simply help you by signing you up to another course. This is known as a course transfer. We will calculate a new course fee and see if you have any academic credits that we can transfer to the new course. You will unfortunately not get a refund for the studies you have done thus far. You will also not have to pay a re-registration fee.

What if you don’t have enough time to finish a subject?

If you get to the end of your course and need a few more months to complete, you can apply for more study-time (called a course extension). When you ask for a course extension you will keep paying your monthly study fees and go on studying.

What happens if I am not happy with Skills Academy?

If you are not happy with our service 30 days after registration, we will cancel your studies and pay back all the money owed to you.

How we help when things go wrong

How Much do our Courses Cost?

You won’t find the prices of our courses on the website, because the price depends on a number of things.

  • The length of the course you plan on taking.
  • Whether you are taking a short course or a full qualification such as a diploma.
  • Extra costs for things like exams, and how you plan to pay for those costs.

Choosing a college and a course is not something you do simply by comparing prices. Do you know if the prices you compare include books? Will your study material be couriered; or are you going to wait on the Post Office? Does the course fees include the courier costs? What happens when you struggle to pay? What happens if you need more time to finish your course?

All these things and much more will determine what your course really costs you. You have to discuss all of this with a course expert, to make sure you make a good choice.

Home Study Costs Less Than Other Forms of Study

When you study via distance learning, you avoid many of the costs of classroom study. You don’t have travel costs because you do not travel to class. Your class is on your phone, in your online study groups, and the great study materials we send you.

We Make Sure you Understand all Costs Involved

We will make sure you understand all the costs. If a course has extra exam fees or membership fees, we will alert you and help you figure out how and when to pay these costs.


Written by: Robin Louw

Last Updated: July 3, 2019

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