Finding it hard to pay the bills? Wish you had more financial support with your study? Then StudyLink is for you!
Financing your Study
When you are studying, you may be eligible for financial support. StudyLink can help you get the support you need to keep afloat while you study.
A Student Allowance is a weekly payment to help with your living expenses while you study full-time. How much you get depends on your circumstances. You don't have to pay this back. You are usually only eligible for 200 weeks of tertiary study
The Student Loan can help to finance your study. It's made up of three parts - Compulsory Fees, Course-related Costs and Living Costs. You have to pay a Student Loan back but you don’t have to have a loan and you can choose how much you want to borrow. There is a life-time limit applied to the study you are able to get funding for. This equates to about 7 or 8 years of full-time study
Unemployment Benefit Student Hardship
The Unemployment Benefit Student Hardship is a weekly payment to help meet your living costs during your study breaks if you can't find work. To get the Unemployment Benefit Student Hardship you must:
be registered for work with Student Job Search (or Work and Income) and
be actively looking for full-time work and
intend to study full-time after your study break and
have received or will receive the Student Allowance
How To Apply
Click here to apply online through StudyLink. They also have a series of online tools and calculators to work out what you might be entitled to.
But get in quick! There is a cut off for applying for StudyLink, so when you fill in your course application form, make sure you fill in the StudyLink forms too.
If you need assistance with your application or if you don’t have access to a computer NorthTec offers FREE StudyLink Drop-in Workshops in February, July and November each year.
You will need to bring:
Passport and/or Birth Certificate
Title of course also start and end dates
Name, address and telephone number of a NZ contact
Current email address
Computers are also available at NorthTec library, Student Success at Raumanga, your regional campus or the WINZ Community Link offices for free.