Funding your studies

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Funding your study has never been easier with options to suit all learners.

Fees-Free and Subsidised Programmes

Students can benefit from the government’s first-year fees-free tertiary study scheme and NorthTec’s own commitment to providing some programmes fees free.

NorthTec’s fees are subsidised by the government to make it easier for New Zealanders to gain tertiary-level skills.

  • The first year of tertiary education is free. Find out whether you are eligible for Fees Free study at FeesFree.govt.nz.
  • All level 2 programmes are fees free.

Study Link

If you're studying, you can apply for a loan and allowance to help with course fees, course-related costs and living expenses. You may also be able to get help during your study break.

Remember, apply early!

StudyLink can provide everything you need to fund your study. They offer:

  • Student Loans
  • Student Allowance
  • Financial support during a break in your study
  • Extra help with accommodation, childcare, and health and disabilities
  • Grants and scholarships

Student Loans

There are three parts to a Student Loan – compulsory course fees, course-related costs, and living costs. You can choose how much you want to borrow, but you will have to pay this back.

Apply now!

It takes time to process a Student Loan application, so NorthTec recommends you apply as soon as you can before your study or training starts. This will help make sure your money is organised in time for you to begin. If you currently receive Sole Parent Support or Supported Living Payments, please see your Work and Income Case Manager to let them know you have enrolled for a course at NorthTec. Do this before making your StudyLink application.

You can find more detail about StudyLink online at www.studylink.govt.nz.

Student Allowance

A Student Allowance is a weekly payment to help with your living expenses while you study full time. How much you get each week will depend on your personal circumstances. You don’t have to pay the Student Allowance back. You can apply for this at StudyLink.

Scholarships

There are many grants and scholarships available to help finance your studies.

  • StudySpy – Search Aotearoa's largest database of scholarships by location, study level, and ethnicity.

Don't know where to start? Get in touch with our Student Support Champions who can help you each step of the way.

Hardship Assistance

NorthTec hardship grants are available as payments for unexpected financial hardship which may arise. To be eligible, you must have accessed all other external supports, and your application must be supported by your tutor or other NorthTec staff member. You will need to provide a digital copy of your bank account details for payment, a digital copy of the bill you are seeking help to pay, and evidence of two weeks’ bank transactions. 

Budgeting and Financial Advice

While you study, NorthTec helps you with budgeting and financial advice to make life that little bit easier while you study! NorthTec will also help you on your way to a successful career with employment advice and a work broker that will help you find work after you have graduated.

Payments

Need to make a payment? See more details about making a payment.

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