CAO application fee

The CAO application fee in South Africa depends on the type of program you are applying to. For undergraduate programs, the fee is R180. For postgraduate programs, the fee is R250. You can pay the fee online or at any Nedbank branch.

To pay the fee online, you will need to create an account on the CAO website. Once you have created an account, you can log in and select the “Pay Application Fee” option. You will then be redirected to a secure payment page where you can enter your credit card information or pay using a bank transfer.

To pay the fee at a Nedbank branch, you will need to bring a copy of your CAO application form with you. The teller will be able to process your payment and give you a receipt.



ADMINISTRATION FEETo start studies in JanuaryTo start studies in JulyTo start studies in July
DateSA CitizensInternational applicantsDateSA CitizensInternational applicantsDateSA CitizensInternational applicants
If form and fee reach us on or before31 OctR 250.00R 300.0031 MayR 250.00R 300.0031 MayR 250.00R 300.00
If form and fee reach us on or after 01 NovR 470.00R 580.0001 JuneR 470.00R 580.0001 JuneR 470.00R 580.00
Any request to add, change or renumber programme choices will incur a “Change of Mind” Administration Fee of R 140.00

Citizens of other countries must pay the international fee if they do not have permanent residence in South Africa or refugee or asylum seeker status recognised by the Department of Home Affairs.   

All monies must be paid in South African rands

Ways of paying the CAO administration fee

Payment optionWhere payment can be madePayment type accepted
EASYPAY                                                 * Preferred payment option*Pick n Pay, Checkers, Shoprite, Woolworths or any store displaying the EasyPay sign.Cash, Debit or Credit Card
Paying online by Credit CardVisit Click on ‘My Application’, enter your CAO or ID number and follow the prompts.Credit Card Payment ONLY
Credit or Debit Card paymentAt the CAO Office. Gate 11, UKZN, Mary Thiphe Street, Cato Manor, DurbanCredit or Debit Card

Please note that the CAO application fee is non-refundable.

Here are some additional safety guidelines:

  • Do not share your CAO application number or password with anyone.
  • Be careful about opening emails from the CAO. Make sure that the sender’s email address is correct before you open any attachments.
  • Do not provide your personal information to anyone who claims to be from the CAO unless you are sure that they are legitimate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CAO directly at 0860 112 266.