StudyLink Assistance

If you plan to pay your fees by Student Loan and/or apply for a Student Allowance, you need to apply online at The process will work out what you are entitled to and allow you to apply.

What StudyLink Offers

Student  Allowance: a weekly payment that you do not need to pay back. You have to meet particular criteria to be eligible.

Student Loan: a loan to pay your fees, course costs and a weekly payment if you cannot get a Student Allowance.

Other assistance: the online application will work out if you are eligible for anything else (e.g. accommodation, disability, childcare).

Information you will need to provide to StudyLink

A verified copy* of your birth certificate or passport and evidence of citizenship or permanent residency, proof of IRD number (IRD card or a  letter from Inland Revenue), bank account (an internet banking print out or a bank statement), and recent payslips if you or your partner are working.

If you are under 24, your parents will generally need to provide evidence of their current gross annual income from either Inland Revenue, their employer or their accountant, and the source of their income (e.g. rental properties, savings or dividends).

*verified copy means certified as a copy of the original by a StudyLink/Work and Income person, or a JP.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • You do not need to be accepted or enrolled to apply for your Student Loan or Allowance. You can apply at any time so don’t wait to be accepted before you apply.
  • You need to give StudyLink a verified copy of your birth certificate or passport, IRD number and bank account number. If you are under 24, generally your parents will need to show evidence of their current gross annual income.
  • You need to allow a minimum of four weeks for your StudyLink application to be approved. If you leave it too late, your fees may not be paid on time and you may miss payments.
  • The online application takes about 30 minutes to complete. If you find applying online difficult, phone StudyLink on 0800 88 99 00 and book an appointment with the nearest office for someone to help you.
  • StudyLink will not pay your fees or course costs until two weeks before the programme of study starts
  • Your first weekly payment will be in the second week of study
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