Sole Parent Support- help with study costs

If you get Sole Parent Support and are studying at tertiary level 4 or above, we may be able to help you with your study costs.

  • Who can get it

    You can apply for a study assistance loan if you:

    • Are getting sole parent support
    • Are studying at tertiary level 4 or above
    • Have costs directly related to your study.

    Sole Parent Support Study Assistance is not available to people who:

    • are studying towards postgraduate diplomas or postgraduate certificates
    • are studying for a doctorate degree, or a bachelor with honors or masters
    • are receiving Training Incentive Allowance at level 4 or above
    • have not used up all the Course Related Costs component of their Student loan, if they are entitled to it.
  • What you can get

    The Sole Parent Study Assistance Loan is non-taxable, interest free assistance to help you with study costs for courses at level 4 or above on the NZQA framework. You can apply for help with:

    • Transport to and from your course, including car running costs
    • Childcare costs (less any childcare assistance payments)
    • Baby sitting or other child minding costs
    • Books and stationary
    • Course equipment and materials
    • Other costs we think you need for your study
  • How much can you get

    The maximum amount you can borrow is $500.00 in a calendar year. This is interest and tax free.

    You can apply up to 5 times in a calendar year, but you cannot receive more than $500.00 in total, and you have to repay it.

  • How to apply

    You need to call us on 0800 559 009

    We'll talk with you to understand your situation and how we can help. We'll let you know what information you need to provide and how to get this to us.

  • Repaying the Sole Parent Support Study Assistance Loan

    You won't need to make any repayments until you either:

    • finish your course
    • leave the course, or
    • stop receiving Sole Parent Support

    whichever comes first.

    When that happens you'll need to talk to us about how much you can repay each week, and how you can pay it.

    The minimum amount you must repay is $4 a week, unless you have exceptional circumstances.

linksContact us

0800 559 009