University study is expensive and requires financial planning. The University offers financial aid for qualifying students, but students and/or their parents have the primary responsibility to make sufficient financial provision beforehand. For further particulars of the various forms of financial aid sketched below, seePart 2 of the University Calendar.
Merit bursaries for first-year students
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.
Sibling benefits
The University offers a 10% rebate on tuition fees when three or more children from the same family study at the University simultaneously. An application form for rebate is available on the website below or by telephoning 021 808 9111.
Sports bursaries
A number of special bursaries are available for those who have excelled at sport. You may obtain further particulars of these bursaries from the Director: Sport, tel. 021 808 4642.
Other bursaries
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 Part 2 of the University Calendar and are available to students who are academically deserving and/or financially needy.
Bursary loans for needy students
The University also offers bursary loans for needy students.
Closing dates for applications:
- All bursary and loan applications administered by the University: 30 June
- Private companies have different closing dates for their bursaries.
Prospective students who have already received their student numbers can apply online for bursaries
Those who do not have the student numbers can write to the below address enquiring for application forms or contact the number or email below:
Postal address: Bursaries and Loans (Undergraduate)
Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1
Matieland 7602
Client Service Centre
Tel.: 021 808 9111
Fax: 021 808 2954

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