On 5 December the Government announced its policy of ‘fees-free’ for students who are starting tertiary education for the first time in 2018.
For more information please visit our Fees-free 2018 information page.
Help with fees
Financial assistance may be available through StudyLink, the agency that administers student loans and allowances, student hardship and bursaries. Avoid delays in your study enrolment process by applying early for funding.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment to help with your living expenses while you study. It’s money that you don’t have to pay back.
- A student loan can help finance your study and is made up of three parts (course fees, course-related costs, and living costs). You choose which part(s) you need. This is money that you pay back, so choose wisely.
Contact StudyLink directly on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz to apply or discuss this further.
How to apply for a student allowance or student loan
- Visit the StudyLink website and apply.
You will need: your bank account number, your IRD number, current email address, and your course start and end dates (approximate dates may also be accepted)
- StudyLink will start processing your application
- You’ll receive a letter from StudyLink, you’ll need to sign and return this or confirm online. You might need to send other documents.
- You can track your application online
- StudyLink will check your details with us to make sure you’re enrolled
- You’ll receive a letter saying what you qualify for and when payments will start
- Your payments will start
We can help you!
Call in to the StudyLink Helpdesk on Mokoia Campus. Dedicated computers and staff are on hand to assist you in applying for a student loan to finance your studies. Students on campuses in Taupo, Tokoroa or Whakatane, contact your campus administrator.
Programmes not eligible for student allowance
Students studying on the following programmes will not be eligible for the student allowance.
- Electrical Competence Programme (Code: WR3101 | Level: 4 | Credits: 2)
- Garment Construction Pathways (Code: BP3568 | Level: 3 | Credits: 20)
- National Diploma in Agribusiness Management (Code: ND0647 | Level: 5 | Credits: 152)
- Nursing Competence Assessment Programme for New Zealand (NCAP) (Level 7) (Code: WR3122 | Level: 7 | Credits: 35)
- Photography Pathways (Code: BP3570 | Level: 3 | Credits: 20)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies (Code: WR3105 | Level: 8 | Credits: 60)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Management (Code: WR3062 | Level: 8 | Credits: 60)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Professional Studies (Code: WR3106 | Level: 8 | Credits: 120)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Code: WR3063 | Level: 8 | Credits: 120)
- Short Award in Chainsaw Skills (Code: WR2974 | Level: 3 | Credits: 10)
- Short Award in IELTS Strategies for Success (Code: WR3030 | Level: 5 | Credits: 15)
- Short Award in Professional Studies (Code: WR3076 | Level: 7 | Credits: 30)
- Short Award in Te Reo Māori - Te Kakano (Code: WR3065 | Level: 4 | Credits: 30)
Page last updated: 06 Dec 2017