How to apply for a student loan or allowance

Find out how you can apply for a student loan and allowance.

Student loans and allowances are offered by StudyLink. You can view a step by step guide to the student loan and allowance application process on the StudyLink website.

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If you have questions about your student loan application, you can contact StudyLink.

When should I apply?

Apply for your student loan or student allowance at least two months before your study starts.

Your application can take longer to be processed by StudyLink, if you are apply during their busy period in December to March.

For more information about the processing time for your loan, contact StudyLink.

How long does it take?

Your student loan application will take a minimum of four weeks to be approved and paid.

Your application can take longer to be processed by StudyLink, if you are apply during their busy period in December to March.

For more information about the processing time for your loan, contact StudyLink.

What documents should I provide?

You will need to provide documents to support your student loan or allowance application before it can be finalised. For student allowances, this can include:

  • Evidence of your own income
  • If you are under 24, evidence of both your parents' incomes

If information that StudyLink require from you is missing, there will be delays in processing your application, and payment of your fees may not be made by the due date.

Please ensure you supply all of the required evidence such as, but not limited to:

  • Your birth certificate
  • IRD number
  • Passport

More information is available on the StudyLink website Documents supporting your application.  

Requesting StudyLink to pay your fees

If you do not tick the box Pay My Fees on your application form, StudyLink are unable to request your course and fees information from us, which delays payment of your fees.

Your fees are due on the first day of the semester for your courses, or on the day you enrolled (whichever is later). If you don't pay your fees on time, you may be liable for a Late Payment Fee of $120.00. This fee is not payable by StudyLink.

It is your responsibility to make sure your fees are paid on time.

To check the status of your loan application or StudyLink payment, contact StudyLink.