All New Zealanders who have completed less than half a fulltime year of post-school education or training will be eligible to study fees-free next year.
Plus, student allowances and student loan living costs will be increased by $50 a week.
What you need to do next:
If you need any assistance with applying for Studylink just contact one of the friendly team at your campus. If you have already have a student loan or living costs allowance you don’t need to do anything else.
You can check if you're eligible for fees-free study using the tool on the fees-free website. It's a good idea to do this before applying for student support for 2018 so you know whether to ask for a loan for your fees.
Fees-free starts from 1 January 2018 so tell your friends and family looking for a career pathway about the policy and increased allowance, they can speak to the NZMA recruitment team for help or visit www.feesfree.govt.nz.
We encourage you to apply early and provide your supporting documents promptly to ensure your applications are sorted for the start of your study.
Student Allowance payments
From 1 January 2018, Student Allowance rates will increase by $50 a week.
Where the rate reflects the living costs of 2 adults, the increase will be $100 a week.
No changes are being made to eligibility rules for Student Allowances.
If you're getting a Student Allowance, you won't need to do anything to receive the increased rate.
The increase in the Student Allowance rates means some students who previously wouldn't have received an allowance due to personal or parental income may now be entitled, please get in touch with our recruitment advisors team.
Student Loan Living Costs
The maximum amount you can borrow through a Student Loan to help pay for living costs will also rise by $50 a week - from $178.81 to $228.81 a week.
No changes are being made to eligibility rules for Student Loans.
If you're getting a Student Loan, we'll be in touch to let you know what you need to do if you want to receive some, or all, of the additional living costs.