Student Loans and Allowances

Financing your Study

When you are studying, you may be eligible for financial support from StudyLink. If you are currently in receipt of Sole Parent Support or Supported Living Payments please see your WINZ Case Manager to let them know you have enrolled for a course before making your StudyLink application.

Student Allowance

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. 

Student Loan

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 if you can pay your course fees yourself, or receive a scholarship, and you can choose how much you want to borrow. 

Jobseeker Support Student Hardship

The Job Seeker Support Student Hardship is a weekly payment to help meet your living costs during study breaks longer than three weeks if you can't find work. To get the Job Seeker Support 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 be eligible to 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.

Advice Available

Please contact the Navigator/Student Support Champion at the campus nearest to you, or phone 0800 808 856 or email

Disclaimer Regarding Studylink Applications

NorthTec's Student Support team is a support mechanism for students with StudyLink matters. Please be advised that StudyLink is the primary source of support and advice in processing your application.

StudyLink contact details:
0800 88 99 00

If you have attempted to apply for a student loan/allowance online and have encountered difficulties in the completing your application, our Student Support team will assist you where possible.

NOTE: Any answers provided in your StudyLink application have been provided by you alone, NorthTec accepts no liability.