- Current students
- Under 25s
How to apply
Apply online for Student Loans and Allowances through StudyLink.
We suggest you apply at least 6 weeks before the beginning of semester, so fees and payments can be sorted before classes start.
How StudyLink can help you
StudyLink provide student loans and allowances.
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.
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:
- Website www.studylink.govt.nz
- Phone 0800 88 99 00
- Facebook page www.facebook.com/getreadystudylink
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 or Student Allowance.
Mt Albert campus
Our team will be available from 11am - 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 21 February 2023 – 9 March 2023 to help you. We are relocated opposite Student Central in the computer lab Building 180 (Te Puna), Level 1, Mt Albert campus.
There will not be a drop-in session at Waitākere campus for 2023. However, Studylink support is still available at our Waitākere campus by appointment.
For more information, please contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 who can help you explore other options.
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.
Changes in enrolment
It is important to let Studylink know if there are any changes in your enrolment. This could be adding or dropping classes, or withdrawing from your studies. Not informing Studylink could result in owing money for your programme fees or having to pay back some of the Student Allowance you received.
Statement of Satisfactory Progress
If you have previously received a student allowance or student loan StudyLink might contact you to complete a statement of satisfactory progress (provide a copy of your grades). This happens when the Ministry of Education is unable to confirm the results of your previous study.
Steps to provide a statement of satisfactory progress to StudyLink:
- Log in to Unitec Student Portal to obtain a copy of your grades. Learn how to find your grades in the Unitec Student Portal.
- Take a screenshot of your grades making sure you include:
- The Unitec Student Portal website address (https://myportal.unitec.ac.nz/#/).
- Your name.
- Your Student ID.
- Copy of your grades.
If instead StudyLink has sent you a statement of satisfactory progress (SSP) form, please email email@example.com or take it to Student Central on campus.
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.