Freephone: 0508 650 200
There are a number of ways we can help you study when finance is an issue:
Each year, we offer scholarships to students with disabilities and for Māori and Pacific Island students. Māori and Pacific Island students can contact the Learning Advisor Maori on 0508 650 200.
All other Open Polytechnic scholarship information can be found here.
Open Polytechnic administers a student assistance fund to help pay for tuition fees and/or textbooks for students in financial need. Student Assistance may be approved to cover all or part of your tuition fee and up to $250 for textbooks. Download the Student Assistance Application form at the bottom of the page or contact us for more information.
If you receive a benefit, you may be entitled to a training incentive allowance (TIA). If you think you might be eligible for help paying your fees through the training TIA scheme, contact Work and Income or see your case worker to discuss your eligibility.
Complete the personal details section of the TIA form and send it to the Enrolments Section with your application for enrolment. Put your case worker’s name and Work and Income branch on your application for enrolment.
We will complete the TIA form and return it to your case worker for final approval. This process takes about 4 weeks.
There are numerous organisations offering funding and support for people wanting to study. The best source of information is the Break Out section of the New Zealand Funding Information Service site which holds details of over 2,200 funding schemes. This service is a prepay/subscription service, however you may use 'Break Out' for free at public libraries and other locations, such as Citizens Advice Bureaux and community centres. To find out where 'Break Out' can be accessed for free click on the New Zealand map on the right hand side of the homepage.
You may also get external scholarship information from CareersNZ.