Students who applied for 2024 SU funding in 2023 will receive an outcome email by end-February 2024.

Funding application process

Funding application process

Preparation is key. We encourage all student applicants to read through each information section below to ensure you understand the process, the information to provide and the support documents to submit, and the eligibility requirements for an SU external donor bursary and the SU family bursary applications (if you are applying for any of these) before you start to fill out the online application form.

Completing the application form can then be a smooth process, taking about 15 minutes.

Application dates

Applications for Stellenbosch University (SU) Funding Opportunities for the 2024 academic year re-open 2 January – 31 March 2024.

Who can apply for financial aid?

All prospective* and current students who are South African citizens, or who have permanent residence status, can apply for funding from the University.

Students who come from a home with a gross household income (HHI) of less than R350 000 per year (R29 167 per month) – or a for a student living with a disability, a gross HHI of not more than R600 000 per year (R50 000 per month) – are advised to apply for the government-funded National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) bursary. This bursary is available to South African citizens and all SASSA grant recipients. Applications are done online via the NSFAS website, www.nsfas.org.za.

All prospective and current NSFAS-funded students must also apply to SU Funding Opportunities. The student is then registered on the CUBL database, which ensures you are considered for gap funding (costs not covered by NSFAS allowances) from the University. Gap funding includes top-up, shortfall, emergency, and/or graduate debt funding and it aims to bridge the financial gaps not covered by NSFAS.

IMPORTANT NOTE The University has limited funds available. An application for funding is not a guarantee that funding will be granted.

*Student has received a conditional or a final offer from Stellenbosch University (SU) and student has a unique, 8-digit SU student number

Bursary Yearbook

The Bursary Yearbook lists SU-managed as well as private company, trust, and government bursaries and funds. These are grouped by faculty, though we suggest that no matter your study programme, you at least also review all the listings in Section 1 (bursaries for study in most faculties) and in Section 3 (Faculty of Science). Any bursary offered across more than one faculty may only be listed under the Science faculty. Please take note of the differing closing dates and application processes.

All listings that state ‘Applications: my.sun.ac.za’ means you need to apply via the SU Funding Opportunities online site. The CUBL bursary officers select and/or nominate candidates according to these bursary-specific eligibility criteria and/or under funder-bursar conditions and instructions.

Application site

The process is online. No emailed applications will be accepted or considered.

Kindly be aware that the application site doesn’t store any information you provide until you reach the stage of uploading support documents. If you choose to exit the application form at any point before this, please be advised that you will need to start over again.

It’s therefore best to complete your application (ie, upload all your required support documents in one sitting) before the closing date. And then please check your mailbox on a regular basis – and also the spam folder!

IMPORTANT NOTE You will have the option to apply for SU Funding Opportunities or an External Student Loan. The student loan is an application to an external company, Student Hero, and is not managed nor administered by Stellenbosch University.

Support documents
We recommend all your required support documentation, including certified copies where required, are prepared and ready to upload before you begin the online application. This will save you time when you’re online. Save your prepared documents in a clearly labelled folder, for example, SU 2024 funding.

Please take careful note of the following information and support documents required to complete a funding application:

 

THE STUDENT
  • full name, cell phone number, email address, ID number, SU student number
  • certified copy of ID
  • certificate/testimonial from school confirming leadership or sport achievement, if applicable
  • CV (one-pager)
  • proof of disability, if applicable

 

THE STUDENT’S SPOUSE
  • full name, cell phone number, email address, ID number
  • certified copy of ID
  • copy of death certificate, if applicable
FAMILY INFORMATION
  • proof of registration or letter of acceptance for each sibling who will be at university in 2024, if applicable
THE STUDENT’s FIRST PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN/ GUARDIAN
  • full name, cell phone number, email address, ID number
  • certified copy of ID
  • proof of guardianship, if applicable (this can be a letter from the social worker or an affidavit)
  • proof of income*
  • divorce settlement page that indicates divorced and spousal support, if applicable
  • maintenance agreement that confirms monthly amount received, if applicable
  • proof of government grant, if applicable
  • proof of monthly pension, if applicable
  • death certificate, if applicable
THE STUDENT’S SECOND PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN/ GUARDIAN
  • full name, cell phone number, email address, ID number
  • certified copy of ID
  • proof of guardianship, if applicable (this can be a letter from the social worker or an affidavit)
  • proof of income*
  • divorce settlement page that indicates divorced and spousal support, if applicable
  • maintenance agreement that confirms monthly amount received, if applicable
  • proof of government grant, if applicable
  • proof of monthly pension, if applicable
  • death certificate, if applicable
plus the FORM CONSENT signed by all parties
*proof of income Valid documents include:

_formal employment latest salary slip (not older than 3 months) or ITA34
_informal employment affidavit that states the monthly income and includes the source of income (eg. vegetable seller, domestic worker, freelancer)
_self-employment bank statements clearly showing monthly income (and not older than 3 months) or ITA34
_unemployed affidavit (that states date since unemployed) or retrenchment letter or UIF slip

SU external donor bursaries

Applications for all ten SU external donor bursaries – as listed under the Types of Funding tab > SU External Donor Funding filter list – are now closed, as at 31 January 2024.

SU Family bursaries

Applications for the 11 SU family bursaries – as listed in the Bursary Yearbook – closed 31 October 2023.

Application form
The online application form instructions are easy to follow and will take you through the process step-by-step.

POPIA Each student will need to agree to the POPI Act (for personal information) and to consent to all documentation (proof of income, ID, certificates, bank statements, etc) being verified by an external service provider before being able to continue with an application.

Support documents Please make extra sure you upload the correct documentation when prompted.

Consent Form Ensure the form is signed by all parties and upload this when prompted.

The application form will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

IMPORTANT NOTE You will have the option to apply for SU Funding Opportunities or an External Student Loan. The student loan is an application to an external company, Student Hero, and is not managed nor administered by Stellenbosch University.

Next steps

After submitting your application, you will receive an auto-email to confirm your application was received.

All communication will be to your student email address, so please remember to check this inbox – and the spam folder – on a regular basis.

When will I know if my application was successful?

The first round outcomes for SU funding applications will be communicated by end-February 2024. For those students applying specifically for SU external donor bursaries, notification will be sent by end-May 2024. This communication is via email and will only be sent to the student’s email address.

Please note that if you apply or only finish uploading all your support documents in the re-opening period 2 Jan – 31 Mar 2024, you fall into the second round of funding consideration and will be notified of the outcome of your application by end-June 2024.

Any problems?

For any technical issues whilst completing your application, please email sufunding@studenthero.co.za with a screenshot or detailed desciption of the problem encountered. Please allow a 24–48 hr response time.

Technical issues refer to things like: unable to upload support documents; click-button not working; unable to log back on to complete your application; any error message during your online application process.

For general funding or document-type issues, please call SU Client Services on 021 808 9111 or email info@sun.ac.za for assistance – and remember to include your SU student number in the subject line, # / SUFO24 application query.

Office hours Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 16:00

Ready to apply?

Before you go to the online form, let’s quickly recap:

  1. You’ve read each information section above to ensure that the information you provide is correct and accurate.
  2. Each support document is labelled and saved as a pdf in a clearly marked folder, ready to upload.
  3. You have at least 15 minutes blocked off on your calendar to complete the application form.
  4. Please make sure select the correct funding option on the application form: SU Funding Opportunities.
    (The External Student Loan option is not SU-managed and you will be directed to an external site.)
  5. The closing date will be midnight of Sunday, 31 March 2024. No emailed or late applications will be accepted or considered.

Contact Us

Any bursary or funding query must first be logged with the SU Centre for Client Services (021 808 9111)

Thereafter, you will be advised on the best communication channel, be it a transfer call to CUBL, an email, or an in-person consultation.

For any technical issues whilst completing your 2024 SU Funding Opportunities application

Please email sufunding@studenthero.co.za with a screenshot or detailed description of the problem encountered.

For any general or document issues whilst completing your 2024 SU Funding Opportunities application

Please call 021 808 9111 or email info@sun.ac.za for assistance.

Stellenbosch Campus

Physical Address

Admin A Building, Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch 7600

Office hours

Monday to Friday 8:00 – 16:30

+27 21 808 9111

info@sun.ac.za

Tygerberg Campus

Physical Address

Clinical Building, Francie van Zijl Drive, Tygerberg 7505

Office hours

Monday to Friday 8:00 – 16:30

+27 21 938 9129 / 21 808 9111

tygbursaries@sun.ac.za

Centre for Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans (CUBL)

sunfinaid@sun.ac.za

All NSFAS and Funza Lushaka bursary assistance at SU, including FMHS NSFAS-funded students

nsfas@sun.ac.za

Only 2024 Funza Lushaka applications, modules, and placement queries, contact Mrs Jeannie Saffier

leendert@sun.ac.za

Email correspondence

Due to the high volume of emails received, all email correspondence must please include an SU student number, bursary name/ref, and a short descriptor in the subject line, for example: ‘12345678 / NSFAS – allowance payment query’. This will ensure your enquiry can be attended to promptly and efficiently.