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Food security programmes and emergency relief

​​At Stellenbosch University (SU) we believe that no student should be burdened with the stress of food insecurity and for this reason the University has implemented long-term and sustainable food security programmes that can be accessed by all students.  Students who are facing food insecurity can apply for assessment for eligibility for food assistance via the appropriate University channels. To streamline the application process, we have set our guidelines according to the following categories:

  • Students who receive a bursary or financial assistance
  • Students who do not receive financial support
  • Food emergencies for students who need immediate relief
Food Security is a dynamic process and services may change. This page contains the latest information.​


STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE A BURSARY OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

Student who receive funding from NSFAS have food allowances. The allowance is converted into a meal quota, allowing for three meals per day for the full academic year.  This process is regulated by NSFAS.


Bursaries and sponsorships

In emergency situations, students who receive private bursaries or sponsorships can apply to be considered eligible for food support from SU. Food assistance may take the form of a meal quota or funds paid into a student bank account, usually in the form of a once-off allocation.

Application process: Request for an emergency food allowance can be directed to the Centre for Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans.  A holistic assessment of the student's financial needs will be undertaken. For more information contact ahmeda@​sun.ac.za.

Missing middle students with SU loans

Students who receive loans or bursaries from SU and who do not receive a food allowance in their financial aid package can apply for emergency support from SU.

Application process: Request for an emergency food allowance can be directed to supportUS@sun.ac.za.  A holistic assessment of the student's financial needs will be undertaken.


STUDENTS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Students who do not receive formal financial support and are funded by self, parents or guardians, etc., or have an application for funds pending, can request emergency support from SU.  Request for an assessment for eligibility for food allowance can be directed to supportUS@sun.ac.za.  A holistic assessment of the student's financial situation will be undertaken.

International Students

Requests for an assessment for eligibility for a food allowance in emergencies can be directed to cns@sun.ac.za. ​

Postgraduate Students

Requests for an assessment for eligibility for a food allowance in emergencies can be directed to nugent@sun.ac.za

  • PLEASE NOTE: Postgraduate students who receive funding from the National Research Foundation, departmental bursaries and/or donor funding can also direct request for an assessment for eligibility for food allowances to the above mentioned email.

Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Eligibility for allocations are recommended by the Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans Office. For more information contact ahmeda@​sun.ac.za. ​​​

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EMERGENCY SUPPORT​

In emergency cases that do not fall into the categories above,  please contact rianae@sun.ac.za / 084 030 0120.

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