School uniforms and stationery
We may be able to help you pay for school uniforms and stationery if you’re on a low income or a benefit.
You don't have to be on a benefit to qualify for this help.
You'll have to pay the money back.
Who can get it
You may be able to get help if you:
- are 16 or over (if you're 16-19 and have a Youth Service provider, contact Youth Services)
- are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
- have an immediate and essential need.
It also depends on:
- how much you and your partner earn
- any money or assets you and your partner have.
Your income will be assessed either weekly or yearly, depending on the kind of help you qualify for. These income limits usually apply:
If you are: Weekly income before tax is less than Annual income before tax is less than single, 16-17 years $491.92 $25,579.84 single, 18+ years $565.36 $29,398.72 married, civil union or de facto couple (with or without children) $821.16 $42,700.32 sole parent (1 child) $686.04 $35,674.08 sole parent (2+ children) $722.78 $37,584.56
These don't include what you need for day-to-day living, eg your home or your car. They do include money in the bank, or things like a caravan or a second property.
If you are: Your assets are worth less than single $1,076.96 married, civil union or de facto couple (with or without children) or sole parent $1,794.51
What you can get
How much you get depends on your situation.
How to apply
You may be able to apply in MyMSD. You'll need to upload a quote for the item(s) you're planning to buy.
If your payment's approved, we'll send you a text or email to confirm.
If you can’t use MyMSD, you can call us and we’ll book you an appointment to come in and see us. We’ll tell you what you need to bring.
What happens next
If your application's approved, we'll give you a payment card (if you don't already have one) and load the money onto it.
You have 3 days to spend the money before it expires.
You can pay for school uniforms and stationery with your payment card at any store that accepts them (much like an EFTPOS card). You’ll need to check with the store first to see if they accept them.
If your supplier doesn’t accept payment card