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Academic Merit Awards (first-year students)

The university reserves the right to amend, without prior notice, the regulations and award values and/or conditions applicable to the awarding.

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

The following scale is used:

Admission point





R6 000



R10 000



R15 000

 44+ 49+ R20 000


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%)





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

These awards are automatically awarded to first-year students on the basis of performance in the final matriculation examination.

  • Students from the University Preparation Programmes
    Academic merit awards will be awarded to students from the University Preparation Programmes. The calculation for the merit awards 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 awards during their first year of study.
  • Interruption of studies
    In order to qualify for an academic merit award, a student must again register at the university as a student. If there is an interruption of more than five years between the last examination, matriculation or university and the year in which the award must be awarded, the student does not qualify for an award.
  • Discontinuation of study
    If a student discontinues his/her course during the year, the award will be recovered pro rata.

  • Final-year students
    Students who qualified for the academic merit award at the end of their final year of study, need to register for a degree at the UFS within five years. If a student does not register within five years from their final year of study, the academic merit award will be forfeited.

  • Payment of academic merit awards
    Students who qualify for an academic merit award will have the award amount credited to their class fee account after registration at the UFS.

  • Undertaking
    The student undertakes to complete his/her degree studies at this university. If a student does not complete the course, Council reserves the right to claim back the award as a whole or a part thereof, which may already have been paid out to a student. However, every case will be treated on merit.
    An award 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 student are such that he/she will have to repeat the studies of a full year/semester, the award 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 awards 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 awards based on academic achievements during their BML studies.

Terms and conditions apply.

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