Students from low socio-economic backgrounds

The Equity Policy highlights the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable.  

What does “low socio-economic background" (low SEB) mean?

  • Socio-economic background takes account of social and economic factors including parents’ educational qualifications, parents’ occupations, household income, the level of reliance on government income support and the level of household overcrowding.
  • For the purposes of UTAS, applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds (low SEB) are defined as school leavers who have attended either a decile 1, 2 or 3 secondary school.  

UTAS and students from low socio-economic backgrounds

The University has a range of admission schemes to improve access into higher education for students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

UTAS is the University’s undergraduate targeted admission schemes for eligible Māori, Pacific, students with disabilities, students from refugee backgrounds (SRB), and students from low socio-economic backgrounds (low SEB).

Find out more about UTAS.

Increased benefit and Student Allowance for low-income families

Student Allowance rates for families with children have increased by $25 a week from 1 April 2016.
This increase is automatic for students that have provided evidence of their children.
Read more here

Services and support for students from low socio-economic background