How much do I need to Score in Matric to qualify for Huge bursaries in SA Universities?

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How much do I need to Score in Matric to qualify for Huge bursaries in SA Universities? Most universities’ academic merit bursaries – essentially discounts – are calculated on final grade 12 results. Universities either make use of the Application Point Score (APS) system that allocates point values to levels of achievement obtained in final grade 12 results, or the pupil’s overall average in all subjects.

Wits University Matric Score

Wits’ entrance scholarships are awarded to first-year students on the basis of the APS system. The APS calculation is determined by marks obtained in the grade 12 final examination for six subjects excluding Life Orientation.

  • APS of 51 and above = merit bursary of R42,000.
  • APS between 48 and 50 = R30,000.
  • APS between 45 and 47 = R15,000.
  • APS between 43 and 44 = R10,000.

Read also – Wits University Scholarships and Awards

University of Pretoria (UP) Matric Score

UP bases its achievement awards for first-year students on the overall average obtained in their grade 12 final examinations for six subjects excluding Life Orientation, not the APS score.

“Awards are made automatically to newly registered undergraduate students who meet the award criteria: students need not apply for these awards. The awards vary by faculty.”

UP bases its achievement awards
2019 achievement awards. (University of Pretoria)

UCT Matric Score

UCT awards first years with faculty entrance scholarships on the basis of final grade 12 examination results. UCT also sets additional scholarship money aside for high-performing previously disadvantaged students.

Awards range from R20,000 to a maximum of R40,000. However, like UP, each UCT faculty sets its own academic criteria to be considered for eligibility. The scholarships are also automatically awarded.

Rhodes Matric Score

Rhodes’ merit awards are automatically credited to qualifying first-year. All faculties (excluding law) offer merit awards for full tuition to students who have obtained 53 or more APS points.

The university says full tuition fees for undergraduate degrees range from R33,162 to R59,052 for 2019 – making the full–tuition merit award one of the highest among top SA universities.

Students, based on their APS score.

Rhodes Matric APS score
Merit awards by APS point for first-year Rhodes students in 2015.

UFS Matric Score

The maximum that you can get from the University of the Free State in academic merit awards for your first year is R20,000. That is automatically credited to your student account after registration.

UFS takes Life Orientation into account when calculating the APS and allocates one point to the subject – but only if the student achieved a level of five (60%) or more in LO.

UFS Matric Score
University of the Free State’s APS system. (University of the Free State)

The university’s APS points differ slightly from the National Senior Certificate’s in that no point is allocated for subjects in which a matriculant obtained 0-29%, while a mark of 90% or more in a subject is allocated eight points.

UFS APS
Merit awards available to first years at the University of Free State based on APS points. (University of the Free State)

Stellenbosch University (SU) Matric Score

Stellenbosch makes use of an algorithm with a given budget amount and fixed budget parameters to calculate merit awards for the first years after registration. The university advises students to take the responsibility of verifying whether their accounts are credited with the merit bursary by June of every year.

SU Matric Score
The scale applicable to first-year merit bursaries at Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch University).

Merit bursaries are calculated as a percentage of basic study fees and based on the actual average of their final grade 12 exam results. Six subjects excluding Life Orientation and Mathematics paper 3 (an optional grade 12 paper) – are considered. Matriculants who obtained an average of 90% and more in their grade 12 exam results qualify for a 40% discount on their first-year fees. For a first-year Bachelor of Arts degree (cost: R42,664) at SU, this would come to R17,000.

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