Undergraduate Bursaries & Loans
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Recruitment Bursary

The aim of the recruitment bursary is to support the strategic objectives of Stellenbosch University and to extend the diversity profile at the University. Consequently, the recruitment bursary offer, which is made in a specific faculty on the basis of academic merit, is available only to South African citizens, who matriculated in the last 3 application years (2016 – 2018) from the  Coloured, Black and Indian and Asian population groups.


Awarding the recruitment offer

  • Black, Coloured, Indian and Asian leaners are eligible for the Recruitment Bursary after they have been conditionally admitted into a programme based on their Grade 11 end of year results (or final Grade 12 results)
  • For final allocation of the recruitment bursary, the bursary offer is subject to the minimum requirements as stipulated in the bursary offer letter.
  • Thus the final examination results in Grade 12 (NSC) (or equivalent examination) must meet the minimum admission requirements of Stellenbosch University for the particular programme you wish to register for, and you have to have been admitted and/or selected.
  • Although applicants are able to determine if their Grade 12 end of year results allows them to receive the provisional offer of the Recruitment Bursary, the Centre will notify them if they no longer qualify based on not meeting the admission requirements for the relevant programme.
  • If candidates qualify for an external bursary (e.g. corporate bursary), the recruitment bursary will be reduced pro rata or cancelled depending on the value of the other bursary or bursaries. The recruitment bursary is intended to cover a student's class fees. 
  • Besides their recruitment bursaries, candidates may also qualify for a Merit Bursary if they achieve a weighted average of at least 90% in their Gr 12 end of year exams and they are registering for their first ever undergraduate programme.

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Continuation of the bursary offer from second academic year

  • The recruitment bursary offer is valid for the normal duration of the degree programme (up to a maximum of four years). In other words, a recruitment bursary offer as from 2019 applies until 2021 for three-year programmes, and until 2022 for four-year programmes. 
  • For the recruitment bursary to be continued in the subsequent year, the student must achieve a weighted average of 60%. Should the student fail to meet this requirement, but manage to obtain at least 0,6 HEMIS credits, the recruitment bursary will be cancelled and the student can apply for a recruitment loan.
  • NB: Recruitment students in financial need who, for the first time during their studies, obtain fewer than 0,6 HEMIS credits in a particular academic year shall be considered for a bursary loan along with any other students in financial need. However, should they for a second time fail to obtain at least 0,6 HEMIS credits in a particular academic year, they shall not be considered for a bursary loan. Note that a student shall again receive his/her recruitment bursary if he/she again manages to achieve a weighted average of at least 60% in the preceding academic year.
  • Besides their recruitment bursaries, candidates may also qualify for an ordinary senior merit bursary if they fall within the top 5% of their Faculty in their preceding year of study.