UFS Bursaries 2021 Academic merit bursaries (first-year Students)

Academic merit bursaries (first year students)

The University reserves the right to amend without prior notice, the regulations and bursary values and/or conditions applicable to the awarding of bursaries.

The class fee accounts of students who qualify for academic merit bursaries will be credited with the amount of the bursary after they register as students at this University.

The following scale is used to award bursaries:

Admission point



38 – 41

43 – 46

R5 050



R7 850



R13 500

NSC-level of 

Achievement level
required by UFS

UFS Admission
Point (AP)

7(90% – 100%)

8(90% – 100%)


7(80% – 89%)

7(80% – 89%)


6(70% – 79%)

6(70% – 79%)


5(60% – 69%)

5(60% – 69%)


4(50% – 59%)

4(50% – 59%)


3(40% – 49%)

3(40% – 49%)


2(30% – 39%)

2(30% – 39%)


1(0% – 29%)

The subject Life Orientation receives only 1 point if a student achieved a level of 5 (60%) or more.

These bursaries are automatically awarded to new students on the basis of performance in the final matriculation examination.

  • 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.
  • 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 again register at the University as a student. If there is an interruption of more than 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 course during the year, the bursary will be recovered pro rata.
  • Final year students
    Students who qualified for the academic merit bursary at the end of their final year of study need to register for a degree at the UFS within 5 years. If a student do not register within 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.
  • Undertaking
    The student undertakes to complete his degree studies at this university. If he/she does not complete the course, Council reserves the right to claim back the bursary as a whole or a part thereof which may already have been paid out to him/her. However, every case will be treated on merit.A bursary may at any time be withdrawn 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 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 nor 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.