UFS Academic merit bursaries for senior undergraduate students
Academic merit bursaries for senior undergraduate students
The University reserves the right to amend the regulations and bursary values and/or
conditions applicable to the awarding of bursaries without prior notice.
An academic merit bursary is based on the achievement of a student in a particular course
and is associated with the tuition fees that are applicable to that course. An academic merit
bursary is automatically awarded on the basis of the academic achievements of a student
during a previous year.
The award is made with the provision that a student achieve an average total examination
mark of at least 75% at the end of a calendar year. All modules taken by the student are
considered in the calculation of the average of 75%, in other words, also modules that were
failed, discontinued, or did not receive admission to write examination.
The following formula is used to calculate the value of the bursary:
Tuition fees of each module in which a distinction is achieved x mark achieved for the
specific module/100 x calculation factor, for example Module XYZ = R300 x 75/100 x 1,0 (as
an example/subject to change) = R225.
• Students from the Career Preparation Programmes
Academic merit bursaries will be awarded to students from the Career Preparation
Programmes. The calculation for the merit bursaries only applies to the courses
offered by this university.
• Varsity College Students
UFS Varsity College LLB students are eligible for academic merit bursaries to the
value of 50% of a bursary of a Bloemfontein Campus student. All other terms and
conditions also apply to these students.
• Students from other universities
Academic merit bursaries will only be considered after submission of a written
application to the Financial Aid Office, accompanied by a certified copy of the study
record and proof of fees paid for the specific modules/course.
• First-year students who first registered at other higher-education institutions
First-time entering first-year students, who first registered at other higher education
institutions, discontinued their studies, and then register at this university, will not
qualify for academic merit bursaries during their first year of study.
• Interruption of studies
In order to qualify for an academic merit bursary, a student must register at the
University as a student again. If there is an interruption of more than five (5) years
between the last examination (matriculation or university) and the year in which the
bursary must be awarded, the student does not qualify for a bursary.
• Discontinuation of study
If a student discontinues his/her course during the year, the bursary will be recovered
• Final-year students
Students qualifying for the academic merit bursary at the end of their final year of
study need to register for a degree at the UFS within five (5) years. If a student does
not register within five (5) years from their final year of study, the academic merit
bursary will be forfeited.
• Payment of academic merit bursaries
Students who qualify for an academic merit bursary will have the bursary amount
credited to their class fee account after registration at the UFS.
The student undertakes to complete his/her degree studies at this university. If
he/she does not complete the course, Council reserves the right to claim back the
entire bursary or the part thereof which may already have been paid out to him/her.
However, each case will be treated on merit.
A bursary may be withdrawn at any time if the behaviour, diligence or progress of the
student is found to be unsatisfactory. If the examination results of a bursar are such
that he/she will have to repeat the studies of a full year/semester, the bursary will be
regarded as a study loan and it will have to be paid back.
• Occasional studies
Students who register for occasional studies do not qualify for merit bursaries based
on their academic achievement of the previous year or academic achievements
during their occasional studies.
• BML (Baccalaureus in Management Leadership)
Students who register for BML studies do not qualify for merit bursaries based on
academic achievements during their BML studies.
Terms and conditions apply