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University of Stellenbosch Bursaries

University of Stellenbosch Bursaries

Prospective students who have already received their student numbers can apply online for bursaries and loans.

Once you have identified possible bursaries or loans to apply for, you can apply online for the following:

SU Financial Aid: (log in with your student number and password).

NSFAS Funding: ​


Please ensure that an application for  financial assistance is submitted at both Stellenbosch University and NSFAS.

University of Stellenbosch Bursaries and Loans

Sport Bursaries:

A number of special bursaries are available for those who have excelled at sport. You may obtain further details of these bursaries from Maties Sport at 021 808 4642 or The Sports bursaries are not included in the Bursaries and Loans Yearbook.

Maties Sport

Other Bursaries (all included in the Calender):

A large number of general bursaries for study in any faculty, as well as bursaries for study in a specific faculty or department, are described in the Calender​ (University Calender Part 2)​​ and are available to students who are academically deserving and/or financially needy.

Merit bursaries for first-year stude​nts:

Merit bursaries are awarded according to grade 12 aggregates in the following categories of achievement:

  • 85% to 89.9%
  • 90% and higher

You will be awarded a merit bursary if you obtain a grade 12 average of 85% or more (excluding Life Orientation) in the final exams. Merit bursaries are calculated as a percentage of the tuition fee by means of a sliding scale, with the smallest rebate for the lowest category (85%+) and the biggest rebate for the highest category (90%+). The rebate for the category 85% to 89,9% will be at least 40%, increasing in the following category.

Merit bursaries are awarded automatically; however, grade 12 learners who have taken their examination with a body other than a provincial department of education have to apply for a merit bursary.

Continuation of Recruitment Bursaries for current students:

Follow this link to view the continuation criteria for current Recruitment Bursary students.

Bursary loans for financially needy students


The University also offers bursary loans for needy students.


To ensure that your application for  financial assistance is considered by Stellenbosch University and NSFAS, we encourage all students to apply at both institutions. (Please note: NSFAS funding is not guaranteed, thus it is crucial that all students apply at the Stellenbosch University for financial assistance)

Follow the NSFAS link:​

Remember: A bursary loan is not the same as a bursary. A bursary refers to money that you do not have to repay, except if you discontinue your studies. A Bursary loan (for example SU or NSFAS bursary loans) is money that you have to repay after completing or upon discontinuation of your studies.

Closing dates for applications:

  • All bursary and loan a​pplications administered by the University: 31 August
  • Last day to submit all documents: ​11 September 2017. No incomplete applications will be considered after this date
  • Private companies have different closing dates for their bursaries. See the Calender ​​ (University Calender Part 2) for the particulars.
  • NSFAS Bursary Loan 30 November


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