Bursary funding options
The Merit Bursary for Stellenbosch University undergraduate students is granted solely on scholastic or academic achievement and there is no application process for this merit award.
The bursaries are awarded end-April, to reflect on the May student fees statement. Students will also be notified in writing of their selection and this communication includes important details of the award conditions.
First-year Merit Bursary
Nominations are collated based on Grade 12 exam results, and those first-year students with an average of 90% or higher are eligible for a Merit Bursary. The calculation is based on a combination of the six (6) best subjects required to gain admission to Baccalaureus studies at a university and excludes Life Orientation and Mathematics Paper 3, as indicated by respected secondary education departments.
How is it calculated?
The First-year Merit Bursary is calculated as a percentage rebate on the basic tuition fee, excluding module and/or programme costs. The % rebate depends on the number of qualifying candidates and the total monetary value available for merit bursaries. For the 2022 academic year, the rebate is forty (40) percent of basic tuition fees only and does not cover other expenses such as textbooks, accommodation, meals, and transport.
Students who studied at other institutions do not qualify for first-year merit bursaries however can be considered for a Senior Merit Bursary based on their academic performance.
Such students are to submit their results to CUBL at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 February. Please include your student number in the subject line ‘SU# / First-year Merit Bursary – external institution results’.
Senior-year Merit Bursary
Nominations are collated based on the exam results for the previous year of study, and those senior-year students with a weighted average of 75% or higher and who fall into the top five (5) percent per faculty are eligible for a Merit Bursary.
- Students who do not take the full number of prescribed modules of a specific year – because of acknowledgement of modules taken elsewhere and within the University – do not qualify for a merit award.
- Students will not be eligible for the Merit Bursary based on their final year results – except PGCE and LLB (postgraduate) students.
- Students who are registered for any postgraduate diploma or degree programme – excluding PGCE and LLB (postgraduate) – are not eligible for a Senior-year Merit Bursary.
How is it calculated?
The Senior-year Merit Bursary is calculated as a percentage rebate on the basic tuition fee, excluding module and/or programme costs. The % rebate depends on the number of qualifying candidates and the total monetary value available for merit bursaries. For the 2022 academic year, the rebate is twenty (20) percent of basic tuition fees only and does not cover other expenses such as textbooks, accommodation, meals, and transport.
Merit Bursary guidelines
When are monies paid out?
As the merit award is administered as a rebate on the student account, no cash refunds will be paid out. The rebate will reflect on the student fee account and the June statement.
The only exception to monies being paid out is if the student account has already been paid in full. In this instance, the student must inform CUBL – in writing – to request a bank form and provide proof of payment from a parent/guardian that the account has been paid in full. In this instance, the rebate will subsequently reflect as a credit, with monies paid out from August.
Why may the Merit Bursary be cancelled or reduced?
Cancellation If a first-year or senior-year undergraduate student receives a full cost bursary, or a combination of bursaries that equals the value of a full cost bursary, then the Merit Bursary rebate will be cancelled. The merit award will also be cancelled if a student discontinues their studies during the academic year.
Reduction If a first-year or senior-year undergraduate student receives a partial bursary in addition to their merit award, the Merit Bursary can then be used towards the below-mentioned full cost bursary expenses, where applicable.
A full cost bursary* can be a single bursary or a combination of bursaries that covers all the following expenses:
- full tuition cost
- textbooks to the value of R5 200 or more
- current accommodation cost for an academic year of ten (10) months, where the maximum amount is equivalent to a single room in a University residence
- meals to the value of R15 000 or more
- transport to the value of R7 500 or more if you are residing at home
*the value of a full cost bursary and allowance is aligned with the new DHET bursaries, as annually prescribed by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)
CUBL will cancel or reduce the Merit Bursary without prior notification if any of the above criteria are met.
The onus rests on the student to verify by June of the academic year in which they are entitled to a Merit Bursary, whether the bursary is indicated on their student fees account. If not reflected, the student must notify CUBL in writing at email@example.com by end-August or else forfeit their claim to a merit award. Please include your student number in the subject line ‘SU# / Merit Bursary – not reflected on student fees account’.
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All and only NSFAS and FUNZA bursary assistance at SU (including FMHS NSFAS/FUNZA students)
Due to the high volume of emails received and handled by CUBL, all email correspondence must include a student number, bursary name/ref, and a short descriptor in the subject line.
For example: 'SU#12345678 / NSFAS – change in accommodation form request'. This will ensure your enquiry can be attended to promptly and efficiently.
Current bursary students can make an in-person booking here.
A virtual meeting can be schedule via MS Teams (this is our preferred mode of communication).