Student loans and allowances (StudyLink)

Both Student loans and allowances are provided by Studylink to eligible students and can help pay for your course and living costs while you study.  The New Zealand Government has plans to introduce a fees free tertiary education policy and we will keep this page updated as more details are announced.

The student loan can help you pay for your tertiary education but it is a loan that you must pay back.  It's often used to cover compulsory fees, course-related costs and top up living costs if your not entitled to the full allowance.  A Student Allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying.
Phone0800 88 99 00

Fees free study

The New Zealand Government has announced plans to introduce a fees free tertiary education policy. Students and education providers are awaiting details of how and when this policy will be implemented. The advice from the Tertiary Education Commission is to continue with the usual enrolment processes. We will post updates on this page as they are received.

Fees Free Tertiary Study Policy FAQs

Other allowances and benefits

Work and Income also offers other allowances and benefits you may be entitled to. They include:

  • Accommodation Supplement
  • Away from Home Allowance
  • Childcare Subsidy
  • Community Services Card
  • Disability Allowance
  • Recoverable Assistance Programme Grant
  • Special Benefit
  • Special Needs Grant
  • Student Allowance Transfer Grant
  • Training Incentive Allowance.
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