Money or support to study

Find information on the range of financial assistance to help you study.

Fees Free Study

Ministry of Education

Whether you're studying or training, you may be eligible for Fees Free. Here's how to check.

What it's about

Learn about Fees Free! Are you eligible? What costs will it cover towards your unique course of study? Find out at the link provided.

Who it's for

All students across New Zealand.

What it offers

Information on:

  • who can access Fees Free
  • how to access Fees Free, and
  • what costs are covered.

Student Allowance

Ministry of Social Development

If you’re studying and meet the criteria, you may be able to get an allowance to help pay your living expenses while you’re studying.

What it's about

A weekly payment to help towards your ongoing living costs, such as accommodation and food. You don’t have to pay this back.

Who it's for

Students who are studying an approved course, and are New Zealand Citizens or are ordinarily resident in New Zealand. There are other criteria you need to meet as well – these are outlined on the StudyLink website.

What it offers

This is a weekly payment, and the amount depends on your circumstances. If you’re under 24, the amount you get will depend on your parents’ income.

Student Loan

Ministry of Social Development

If you’re studying and meet the criteria, you may be able to get a loan to help pay for your costs while you’re studying.

What it's about

Help to pay for your course fees, study materials and living costs. You’ll need to pay this back.

Who it's for

Students who are studying an approved course, and are New Zealand Citizens or are ordinarily resident in New Zealand. There are other criteria you need to meet as well – these are outlined on the StudyLink website.

What it offers

You can get a Student Loan for compulsory course fees, course-related costs (eg. books or a laptop) and living costs.

Tertiary Scholarships

Ministry of Education

Whatever post school study you’re interested in, find out how and where to get financial support to help you.

What it's about

Discover what types of scholarships are available for studying after school and where to find more details.

Who it's for

All students and whānau across New Zealand.

What it offers

  • Information on different types of scholarships
  • Details on how to find more information about scholarships

About student scholarships

Ministry of Education

Find out what scholarships might be available to help with the costs of post-secondary training and education.

What it's about

Information for parents and carers on where to look and find scholarships that support people to study at tertiary level in New Zealand.

Who it's for

Students, parents and carers across New Zealand. There is specific information about scholarships for Māori and Pacific students, for teaching and education training scholarships, and also for international students.

What it offers

The website contains general information about scholarships that might be available and who might offer them. There are links to universities, private organisations or individuals, and government agencies that offer some scholarships.

Training Incentive Allowance

Ministry of Social Development

If you’re getting a benefit and want to complete a course, you may be able to get a Training Incentive Allowance to help pay for costs.

What it's about

The Training Incentive Allowance can help pay for course fees and costs. You don’t have to pay this money back.

Who it's for

This payment is for people getting a benefit who are taking part in an approved course that’s below level 4 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

There are other criteria you need to meet as well – these are outlined on the Work and Income website.

What it offers

You can get a maximum of around $4,500 for course costs, such as:

  • course fees
  • transport
  • books
  • stationery.

Sole Parent Study Assistance Loan

Ministry of Social Development

If you get a Sole Parent Support benefit, you may be able to get a loan to help with your study costs.

What it's about

An interest and tax free loan, to help with study costs for courses at level 4 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework. You’ll need to pay this back.

Who it's for

This payment is for people getting a Sole Parent Support benefit, studying at tertiary level 4 or above and who have costs directly related to your study.

What it offers

You can get a loan of up to $500 in a year to help pay for things like:

  • transport to and from your course
  • childcare costs
  • course equipment and materials.

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