Stellenbosch University Fees: Student Fees, Registration Fees, Payment Options

By | April 4, 2021

The amount payable by date of registration is equal to the compulsory first instalment of study fees and, where applicable, the compulsory first instalment of Residence Fees. 

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Compulsory first instalments payable by date of registration in 2021:

First instalment on Tuition  FeesR14 440R10 530R10 530
Plus: (Where applicable)
First instalment on Residence FeesR14 600R14 600R14 600
Total      R29 040R25 130R25 130

These amounts are not applicable to international students, with the exception of international students with valid permanent residency in South Africa and international students with refugee status – click here to be redirected to Stellenbosch University International’s website. 

All international students, including Namibians, need to pay their study fees in full by date of registration. International students, making use of University’s residences have to pay at least R25 000 of the accommodation fees and at least R15 000 of the meals quota allowed for the year to be placed on the account (if placed in SU catering residence) by date of registration.

All outstanding amounts of a previous year have to be settled before a student will be allowed to register for a following year.

Click here for more information about the amount payable by date of registration for 2021, as well as modes of payment.

Click here for more information regarding fees for 2021​.

Student fees

* estimated; subject to approval of budget by end of 2020.

These amounts are not applicable to international students, with the exception of international students with valid permanent residency in South Africa and international students with refugee status – click hereto be redirected to the website of Stellenbosch University International.  

Below follows a representative sample of the University’s instructional programmes along with the estimated study fees of each, per annum, as applicable in 2020. These figures are simply meant as an estimate indication of the cost of study. For a more accurate indication of the cost, please compile a quote – see the link above the table below.

Please note that study-related additional costs, known as Module costs and Program costs (materials and laboratory fees and travelling expenses), calculated according to the amounts of 2020 with the annual increase, are included in the amounts listed below; departments may alter these based on academic need.  Estimates for text books (enquire at the academic departments), membership dues for academic and registered societies (R20 – R5 671), PSO fees for private students (R371), House fees for students in residences (R638) and parking fees are excluded.

For more detailed information on study fees, consult the Calendar 2021, Part 3, Student Fees​, which indicates the estimated cost of a selection of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

A copy of the Calendar is available online. 

Request a more detailed Provisional Statement of Fees / Quotation (Undergraduate and Postgraduate, all years of registration)​

Course  Estimated amount in 2021 for 1st year of Undergraduate study (unless stated otherwise)
BAR43 343
​BA in Human Resource Management​R48 037
​BA in Development and EnvironmentR48 607​
BA (Law)R54 501
BA in Visual ArtsR43 734
​BA in Socio Informatics, Opt 2R42 771
​BA  in Sport ScienceR46 763​
BA in Drama and Theatre StudiesR44 448
B of Music (BMus)R48 915
​B in Social WorkR45 627
BEd (Intermediate Phase Education)
BEd (Foundation Phase Education)
R48 977
R45 737
BScR55 997
​BSc in Earth SciencesR60 256​
​BSc  in Human Life SciencesR56 801​
BSc AgricR48 862
​BScAgric in Grapevine and Wine SciencesR53 179
​BAgric in Agricultural Business ManagementR47 504​
BSc in Food ScienceR53 021
BSc in Forestry and Wood ScienceR47 986
​BTh (Bachelor of Theology – Youth Work)R45 106
BDiv (Bachelor of Divinity)R52 062
LLB (Undergraduate)R54 169
LLB (Postgraduate, 2nd B degree), 1st of 2-yrR49 490
LLB (Postgraduate, 2nd B degree), 1st of 3-yrR56 262
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)  R44 940
BCom (Actuarial Science)R69 076
BCom (Law)R57 293
​BCom (Industrial Psychology)R50 845​
​BCom (Mathematical Sciences)R51 127​
BAccR51 074 
BAccLLBR60 139
Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)R64 974
BSc in Physiotherapy R53 522
BSc in DieteticsR53 776
Bachelor of Occupational TherapyR55 484
B achelor in Speech-Language and
Hearing Therapy 
R50 206
​​Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery​R48 706
MB ChB IR71 203
MB ChB IIR71 203
MB ChB IIIR71 203
MB ChB IVR71 203
MB ChB VR87 283
MB ChB VIR68 296

Click here for a PDF document with estimated study fees for 2021

Payment o​ptions and methods of payment

Following registration, afull account for the relevant year is sent out via e-mail for every student. It is the responsibility of the student to ask for an account if one was not received. It also remains the student’s responsibility to ensure that the correct e-mail address is provided.

Students can log in to the student portal to check and update their e-mail address details.

Student fees accounts are also available on

If student fees are paid in full before or on 31 March, a discount of 3% will be granted on tuition fees, provided that the parent or guardian completes the prescribed form and hands it in at the Student Fees Section for processing of the application, together with the initial proof of payment. This rebate, however, is not granted on module and programme cost parts of the study fees, including those of the MPhil in Information and Knowledge Management, and of programmes offered at USB and SPL.

Please note:

Study fees for the relevant year must be paid in full before your application for rebate can be considered. Once the written application has been approved and calculated, the student fees account will be credited with the relevant percentage rebate.

The rebate should therefore not be deducted from the full amount due when making payment. 

The amount credited cannot be disbursed and is used to cover costs incurred during the rest of the year. 

The rebate application will only be considered in the relevant year of study and not retrospectively for previous years of study.

Rebates are only applicable to students, parents or guardians that are fully financially responsible for the total student fees account, and international students with permanent residency. Other international students and students who are funded by bursary companies do not qualify.

​Rebate on study fees:

If three or more children/members from the same family are simultaneously registered for a full-time programme at the University, a rebate of 10% per student may be granted on the tuition fees of each student, provided that the parent or guardian completes the prescribed form and hands it in at the Section Student Fees for processing of the application.  

This rebate, however, is not granted on module and programme costs, including those of the MPhil in Information and Knowledge Management, and of programmes offered at USB and SPL. 

International students:  These rebates are available only for international students with valid permanent residency in South Africa and international students with refugee status.

​Choose your payment option / method of payment:

Standard Payment Option (two instalments)
Payment by debit order system Option (8 equal instalments)
Online payments: Card / EFT payments method
Cashless method: SnapScan
Payments may be made personally to the cashiers (method)

​Standard Payment Option: In two instalments ​

Before or on 31 May:75% of the total remainder of fees on the account after payment of the compulsory first instalment of study fees, and if applicable, the first instalment of residence fees, at the time of registration. The exact amount is indicated in the relevant date column on the student fees account towards mid-April.
Before or on 30 Sept:The outstanding balance on the account 

Payment by debit order system Option: (only for students with South African citizenship, for international students with valid permanent residency and for international students with refugee status, with a South African bank account) 

 8 Monthly instalments under the University’s debit order system (with due regard to payments made at registration)

First instalment:Payable by 1 April
Automatic adjustment:If additional amounts are charged to the student’s account after 1 April
Debit order form:Download the form here – or request it from the Student Fees Division, Administration Building A, 2046 
Hand in the form:On or before 9  March
Period of validity:Full period of study OR a shorter period with 30 days written cancellation

Online payments: Card / EFT payments method:

Online Payment  – Click here

Benefit of paying online: The receipt is processed immediately, resulting in no delay during the registration period regarding payment of the compulsory first instalment(s), and no delay in your examination results being made available later on. 

Pay ments  may be made in person to the cashiers method: 

Office hours:

Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Campuses: Mondays to Fridays, 08:00 – 15:30
Belville Park Campus: Mondays to Fridays, 08:30-12:45 and 13:45-15:30

The Cashier
Block A
Central Administration 
The Cashier
Clinical Building (1st floor)
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 
The Cashier
Main Building
Carl Cronjé Drive

Cashless method: SnapScan

Stellenbosch University (SU) is the first university in South Africa to make use of the SnapScan in-app payment solutions for payments on its campuses, so that students no longer have to carry cash with them for certain payments.

SnapScan is a mobile application that enables cashless payments. The in-app payment mechanisms will be available for students to do bill payments for their student fees accounts, as well as for pre-paid services which includes, meals, printer and laundry services. These payments previously had to be made (in cash or with card) at the University’s cashiers in the central administration building.

SnapScan Bills: This feature gives the users (students) the ability to clear existing debt on their student accounts.

SnapScan Prepaid: This feature offers users (students) the ability to purchase prepaid services(printing credits, laundry quota or meals) and to top-up their student accounts.​​

For more Information click here:​​

Refunding of credit balance on student fees account

With the exception of bursary holders, credit balances arising in the student fees accounts due to excess payment can be refunded on request after the full amount owed to the University for the academic year concerned, has been paid. However banking details of the beneficiary must be provided in full by returning the completed prescribed form, verified and stamped by the bank, together with the proof of the initial payment to Section Student Fees.

Credit balances of bursary holders shall only be disbursed on presentation of the bursary donor’s permission in writing. Undergraduate bursary holders are themselves responsible for making arrangements with bursary donors to provide them with written proof that credit balances may be paid out. Postgraduate bursary holders can enquire about the procedure to be followed at the bursary office of the Postgraduate Office.


Student Fees Division
Tel: +27 21 808 4913 / 4521

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