Financial Help

Government financial support for students is available through StudyLink – administered by the Ministry of Social Development. Support includes Student Allowances and Student Loans.

Contact StudyLink on 0800 88 99 00 or visit

Information for parents and students: tertiary education – fees free and student support increases

From 1 January 2018, eligible students will be able to access one year fees-free tertiary education and a $50 a week boost to student allowances and living cost loan limits. Visit the education website for more information about them.

If a student, parent or whānau asks you for advice on how to access these initiatives, you may refer them to the following websites:

StudyLink - for queries around StudyLink applications

Inland Revenue – for queries around student loan repayments and how to manage them

Careers New Zealand – for independent information and advice about planning for further study and career

New Zealand Qualifications Authority – for queries around meeting qualification requirements towards further education

You may wish to post this information on your website for your students, parents and whānau to access.

The Government also offers a range of additional support for targeted groups to increase their participation in different sectors of the education system. This can include financial support such as the TeachNZ scholarships.

The Funding Information Service (see ‘Breakout’)

Breakout lists information on scholarships, awards and grants available throughout the country for individuals looking to fund their study and professional development. To the right of the Breakout home page, you can click on your region in the map of NZ to bring up a list of public sites offering access to the funding information free of charge. Read more

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand