How to apply

Apply online for Student Loans and Allowances through StudyLink.

We recommend students apply at least 3 weeks before the beginning of semester, so fees and payments can be sorted before classes start.

First-time students

Returning to study


How StudyLink can help you

StudyLink provide student loans and allowances.

Student Loans
These can help with paying for your course fees (the compulsory fees charged by your education provider), study materials (e.g. books, computer, travel) and living costs (e.g. rent and childcare), but you will have to pay it back. Learn more about Student Loans.

Student Allowance
This is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses (e.g. rent and childcare) while you are studying, and if you are eligible you do not have to pay the money back. Learn more about Student Allowances.

Learn more and contact StudyLink:


Support on campus

You can book an appointment with a Unitec Student Support Advisor anytime.

At the beginning and end of each semester, our Student Support Advisors run drop-in sessions to support students who are applying for a Student Loan, Student Allowance, and Fees-Free.

Drop-in session Mt Albert campus (Computer Lab, opposite Student Central, Building 180, Te Puna)

DROP-IN TIME
Tuesday 21 February & Thursday 23 February 11am. - 1pm.
Tuesday 28 February & Thursday 2 March 11am. - 1pm.
Tuesday 7 March & Thursday 9 March 11am. - 1pm.

2023 Drop-in session Waitākere campus (Building 510, Room 1013)

There will not be a drop-in session at Waitākere campus. However, Studylink support is still available at our Waitākere campus by appointment

For more information, please contact studentsupport@unitec.ac.nz

Please note: Staff assisting are Unitec staff. If you would like to contact StudyLink, please call 0800 88 99 00 & Fees Free 0800 301 601 or email feesfree@tec.govt.nz


About loans and allowances

Student loan and allowance limits

How much you can get depends on your age, income and course type. There is a limit to how long you can get a Student Allowance and Student Loan for in your lifetime. The definition, for each, of lifetime limit can be found on the StudyLink website. If you are unable to get an extension for either, make an appointment with our Student Support Advisors.

Attending class if StudyLink has not paid fees yet

You can attend class if StudyLink is still processing your student loan. However, you are expected to keep a track of the proceedings of your loan application with StudyLink.

Statement of Satisfactory Progress

Students who have previously received a Student Allowance or Student Loan may need to complete a Statement of Satisfactory Progress. The form needs to be completed by an authorised staff member and returned to StudyLink. If Studylink has sent you a Statement of Satisfactory Progress (SSP) form, please email it to ssp@unitec.ac.nz or take it to Student Central.

Programmes not covered under the StudyLink 

Micro-credential courses, Liaison Interpreting Theory and Practice, and Liaison Interpreting Contexts (Social Systems, Culture, and Ethics), are not covered by Studylink for loans and allowances.