What tertiary education support is there?
Depending on your circumstances, you will be able to apply for different types of financial support when you start tertiary study. Covering things such as your course fees or day-to-day expenses like food, you’ll want to check what support you can apply for ahead of time to make sure you get your money sorted.
Some examples of financial support for tertiary education include:
- Student Allowance – a weekly payment to help with day-to-day expenses
- Student Loan – a sum of money to help you pay for things like course fees and study materials, along with luxury costs
- Scholarships – financial awards given for reasons ranging from your performance at school to the area you’ve grown up in
- Fees Free – a maximum of NZ$12,000 can be claimed by students that meet certain requirements to help pay for their first year course fees
Each of these are meant to make it easier for you to do some kind of tertiary education. Scholarships are particularly helpful as you don't have to pay them back. And, with a lot of scholarships unclaimed every year in Aotearoa New Zealand, it will pay to do some investigation work and apply to those you are eligible for. You may be surprised by how much money you can get this way!
Our post on the topic has more information on financial support, which you can read by clicking on the link below.