The Student Allowance is a weekly payment you may be able to get while studying full-time to help you pay for accommodation, food, clothes and other day-to-day expenses. You don’t need to pay it back, though how much you get depends on things like your income, your living situation and parents’ income (if you’re under 24 years).
To receive a Student Allowance, you need to be either:
- An Aotearoa New Zealand citizen
- Living in Aotearoa New Zealand for at least three years with a residence class visa
- A refugee or protected person
- Sponsored by a family member that is a refugee or protected person
You’re unable to receive a Student Allowance if your parents’ joint income is over $98,653.52 if you live with them, or $106,371.71 if you don’t.
You’ll want to apply as early as possible to make sure you get your payments on time, which you do through the StudyLink website. Check out the ‘Student Allowance’ link below for more information on how to do this.