For the most up to date information regarding student loans and allowances, please go to the StudyLink website www.studyLink.govt.nz or phone 0800 88 99 00
Please remember that you will need re-apply to StudyLink each year for your student loan and you will need to allow plenty of time for your application to be processed prior to your start date.
Student Loans and Allowances
The following BTI Programmes are approved for Student Loans and Allowances:
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Counselling
Bachelor of Social Work
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
Graduate Diploma of Family Studies
Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Diploma of Family Support
Master of Professional Practice
Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Practice
It is the student’s responsibility to contact StudyLink to determine eligibility for all Loans and Allowances. BTI cannot advise you on this.
StudyLink – Hoto Akoranga - is responsible for the administration of Student Allowance and Student Loans in tertiary institutions. Students wanting to apply for an Unemployment Benefit, Student Hardship, Student Loan or Student Allowances should contact StudyLink directly. Please contact StudyLink to lodge your application as soon as you have been accepted into your programme of study.
The Student Loan scheme is designed to assist students to meet their expenses while studying, regardless of their employment or family circumstances. To gain a Student Loan, you must be a New Zealand citizen or have been granted permanent resident status here, and be enrolled in a programme of study approved for student loans by the Ministry of Education. You must either be fulltime in the programme, or be studying part time (minimum 30 credits) over a period of 32 weeks or more. From 1 January 2013, if you are aged 55 years and over you will no longer be eligible for living costs or course related costs. You will only be eligible for the compulsory fees component of the Student Loan.
Head Start students studying for less than 0.25 EFTS are not eligible for student loan or allowances.
The Student Loan is made up of three parts:
Compulsory Fees, Course-related costs & Living costs (for fulltime students only).
Please note: Even if you are eligible for fees-free, you may still want to borrow course-related costs and living costs through a student loan. StudyLink's advice is to make your application before 16 December 2017.
Student Allowances are for fulltime students (or limited full-time with StudyLink approval) who are on an approved study course at a recognised institution. BTI programmes are approved for student allowances for students that meet the StudyLink eligibility criteria.