I can’t afford to study

Stop paying when you are Finished with your Course

“I can’t afford to study”… says so many students. How do we make it affordable? When you get your certificate from us, you stop paying. We help you study fast, so you can pay less. In this way we reward the students who work hard to finish fast. If you study a 12-month course, and you finish it in 9 months; then you don’t pay for the last three months.

You are finished with your course when you get your Certificate.

From dropout to career success

How to take a Study Break

Can’t Afford to Study – Take a Break

Busy month at work? Baby just arrived? Need a break? When you cannot study, you don’t pay. Let us know two weeks before you need the break, and we pause your studies and your payments.

Save this option for emergencies. Research has shown that if you take a break, it might be difficult to start again. We do everything to keep you studying. When you apply for a study break, we will discuss it with you and try to help you find ways to keep studying. Together we will agree the date on which you will start again.

You can take a break for up to two months during your studies. To look after the people you care for, you also need to take care of yourself.


Just remember the following:

1. A student cannot take a break within the first three months after registration.
2. Student Account has to be up to date with payments before a break can be taken.
3. Student cannot take a break for longer than two months.

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How to take a Study Break

What is Your responsibility?

Study. If you don’t know how, ask us. And we shall teach you how. Use your lecturers. Use your online study group. This is how you will pass quickly. Treat your lecturers and fellows students with respect – and expect them to also treat you with respect.

If you are not serious about studying and passing, then don’t register. Wait till you are ready.

You are making an important commitment to yourself and to the college. If you miss a monthly payment, then the college can and will act. You can get expelled for missing a payment.

If you know you are going to struggle to make a payment, tell us immediately. And we shall make a plan to help you. Yes, times are tough, so we must all help each other improve our lives and our country.


I am afraid I won’t finish my course

The most important thing for us is that you finish your course. And when you don’t know what to do or where to start – we are there to help you.

Most of us at Skills Academy are studying via distance learning ourselves. We know the skills and planning you need to work and study at the same time. We know what it feels like when you must study, but your friends are going out. We can help you.

You can chat to your tutor in the online group. Or you can have a private chat online. Or you can give us a call, and we can chat on the phone. We will help you get you head back in the game. We will keep on motivating you, and giving you that little push to keep going.

If you need more time to complete your course, you can extend your course without re-registering. When you apply for a course extension we give you more study time, so that you can complete your course. You just keep paying your normal monthly fees.

No penalties. No re-registration fees.

How our tutors help you

How our tutors help you

Start right

Choose the right course – get proper advice from an expert

You deserve to get study and career advice from an expert. Not from your neighbour. Don’t get advice from your co-workers, or your family. They all want the best for you. But they know nothing about education and training for working adults.

Talk with someone who gives advice to students every day. Our course experts are trained on the latest developments in education. They understand adult learners. They know our courses inside and out. And 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.


It is easy to start

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

We help you plan your studies. If you don’t have much time, we help you plan with the time you do have.

You will learn what you need, get the skills, and pass your course. We don’t load the course with lots of “extra reading”. We teach you only what you need to pass.

Ready to start now? We complete your whole application and registration over the phone. You can be studying in a week from now.

Making sure you finish your course successfully

Making Sure You Finish Your Course

Making Sure You Finish Your Course

Think you are not a strong student?

Do you think you can’t study? Because you did not do well at school? Or maybe you did not finish school. That does not mean you are a “bad” student.

As an adult learner you get to choose a course and choose subjects that truly interest you. You understand how your studies will help your career. And now your age and your life experience and work experience will help you.

It is much easier to study as an adult. You have leant life’s lessons. You know what you want. And you know how to ask for help. Many of our students are using their studies in their jobs. When you work in a job where you can use your studies, your studies are much easier and certainly more fun.

Your Skills Academy lecturers and tutors are waiting to help you. Together we shall get you the education you want.


Tutors and Lecturers that help you step by step and day by day

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.

We know that when you start we have to teach you how to study. And help you plan your study-calendar. And keep you motivated.

If there is an exam coming up, we shall warn you well ahead of time. So you don’t have to worry about all the little details. We do it for you.

Research has shown that students who get the kind of one-on-one tutoring you get from us, get better marks than students who go to classes.


Chatting to your Lecturers and fellow students every day

When you register with us, we put you in your online study group right away. Your online study group is a chat-group and study-group for our students. Your lecturers and fellow students will be online often.

Here you can ask questions and get help. You can even help other students when you know the answer to their questions. Remember, helping others study is the best way to test your own knowledge.

Being online with other students is a great way to stay motivated. You will meeting people going through the same stresses and successes as you! Studying is much easier when you are not alone.

You online study groups also work on your phone. So in the bus or train on the way to work, you can check in with your lecturers.

What happens when things go wrong?

How we help when things go wrong

How we help when things go wrong

We want you to succeed, we won’t give up on you

Most of our tutors work full-time at the academy. So you can easily get hold of your tutor on the phone. We also register you in our online study group where you can post questions and get answers and help from your tutors and fellow students. This is like Facebook, just for you and your classmates.

When you see a question and you think you have the answer, then you can jump in and help your classmates. Teaching someone else is the best way to find out if YOU really understand the work. It helps you understand and remember your work much better.

We spend all our time helping students. This is what we love doing.


I am afraid I won’t come right with the online study groups

Our online study groups work in a browser (like Internet Explorer or Chrome or Safari or Firefox), on your computer and on your phone. When you register, we sign you up for your online group. At that point we explain to you how to use your online study group.

If you struggle to make it work, we will take you through it step-by-step on the phone. You can ask as many times as you want. We want to help you.

Of course, you can also study without using your online group. You can chat to your tutor on the phone. You can email us, and you can ask us to call you. So if “technology” is not your thing; don’t worry!


On the wrong course? Transfer to a different course

You might get a promotion or a new job. And suddenly you need new and different skills. You can easily change your course. So that you study the right course for your career. Just apply for a course transfer.

We will calculate a new course fee. And determine if you have any academic credits that can transfer to the new course. So if you have done subjects that are the same in your new course, then it is possible you might not have to do them again.

No, you cannot get a refund for the studies you have done thus far. No, we will not make you pay a re-registration fee.

No fuss. No penalties. Just help.


Enough time to finish your studies without having to restart

Need more time to finish a subject? We understand. All of us have studied via distance learning, so we know the feeling when you worry about running out of time.

If you get to the end of your course, and you need a few more months to complete, you apply for some more study-time – it is called a course extension. Then you keep paying your monthly study fees and you just keep studying. If there has been a price increase from the time you started your course, you will have to pay the new higher monthly amount. But only for the extra months you need.

No, we don’t cancel your studies once your study time is all gone. No, we don’t make you re-register. No, we don’t charge a re-registration fee. No we don’t charge a registration fee every year. If you sign up for a course that will take two years, we will only charge you a registration fee ONCE.

Nope… we don’t have financial penalties for anything.


30-Day money back guarantee

We know that we will give you the best advice, so you make the right choice for you. We know that we will register you fast and paperless over the phone. We know that if you live in one of the major cities you will get your study materials in less than a week from our couriers. We know that you will love your lecturers and tutors who want to help you. And you will enjoy the discussions in your online study groups.

But, still, things can go wrong. So, if you are not totally happy with us in the first 30 days after you register, we will cancel you with no questions asked, and return your money.

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30 Day Money Back Guarantee

You don’t need a Loan to Study

You can start your studies right now. No need to apply for a study loan. Just use a debit order to make the monthly payments on your study fees.

We have two payment options: 1. Pay the course in full and get 20% off; 2. Pay a registration fee and then pay monthly. You can authorise your debit order over the phone – if you pay with a Debit Order, you pay 5% less. We can take your credit card payment over the phone as well. Or you can use EasyPay and pay at any of the big stores.


I just want the price of the course

You won’t find the prices of our courses on the website. Because the price depends on:

  • How long you will study – faster students pay less
  • The specific details of the course – do you take a short course or a full qualification?
  • The advice you get from our Course Experts – we help you make the best decision
  • Extra costs for things like exams, and how you plan to pay for those costs

If you are simply looking for the cheapest course, then you are not ready to study with us. We are a committed, full service, quality, private college. We ensure our students pass. We help you study fast, because then you actually pay less.

Choosing a college and a course is not something you do 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?

Do you pay a yearly registration fee? What happens if you finish your course early? Do you wait six months for your certificate; until you have finished paying?

All these things, and many more, will determine what your course really costs you. And will determine if you finish your course successfully.

You need to discuss all of this with a course expert – to make sure you make a good choice, and that you understand the choice you make.


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 the great study materials we send you, and in your online study groups.

With classroom study you have to plan for the cost of staying near your campus. And you need money for your living costs.

Full-time colleges usually charge you study fees, as well as give you a book list of textbooks you must buy. And they require that you pay a significant part of your study fees before you even start studying.

With distance learning you can start studying once you paid an affordable Registration fee. Then we give you different options to pay. If you can only pay your course fees in monthly installments, then we make that easy for you.

We give you all the study notes and textbooks you need for your course. So there is no booklist of extra textbooks you must buy. This alone saves you thousands of Rands.

Most distance learning students study while they work. So your course costs less than full-time study, and you keep on earning your salary.


We make sure you understand ALL the costs

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

When we give you the price of a course, we ensure you understand ALL the costs. You will not discover hidden costs after you have enrolled with us.

No, we don’t send you a list of books you must buy. We include all the study material you will need in your course fee.


What happen when I have an emergency and I cannot study?

When you register to study, you make a commitment. A commitment to yourself. A commitment to changing your life and your future. You also make a commitment to us. We know what a big commitment this is – that is why we give you a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. After the 30 days we hold you responsible for your commitment.

However, if you cannot study, we don’t want you to pay.

When you cannot study, you don’t pay. Let us know two weeks before you need the break, and we pause your studies and your payments.

Save this option for emergencies. Research has shown that if you take a break, it might be difficult to start again. We do everything to keep you studying. When you apply for a study break, we will discuss it with you and try to help you find ways to keep studying. Together we will agree the date on which you will start again.

You can take a break for up to two months during your studies.

Remember, if you don’t finish your course; or if you don’t pay for your course, it can have a negative impact on future studies. When you apply to study, and the college where you want to study determines that you did not complete your studies, or you did not complete your payments to your previous college, then they can refuse your registration.

Keeping your academic record and your payment record good, is part of how you change your future.

When things go wrong, you will find that we want to help you get back to studying fast. We won’t threaten you, we won’t be rude! We will just help you get back up!

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When things to Wrong… We Help You.


What can I do so that I pay less?

Finish faster. You know all the things we do, to help you finish fast. Once we have issued your certificate, you stop paying us. So if you finish a 12-month course in only 9 months, then you don’t pay for the last 3 months.

This is how we reward hard-working students. And we commit to work just as hard as you to help you finish fast.

If you pay the full course fee when you register, then you pay 20% less.

If you pay with a Debit Order, then you pay 5% less.


Last Updated: December 5, 2017

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