Scholarships, awards and financial assistance

There are a number of ways to get help with financing your studies.

Student assistance fund

Our student assistance fund can help you with your tuition fees and/or textbook costs if you’re in financial need. The purpose of this fund is to assist new students into first time study at tertiary level.

To apply you must be 18 years or older, a New Zealand Citizen or permanent resident, and must not be in receipt of another grant or scholarship.

Student assistance application (PDF, 134KB, opens in new window)

Open Polytechnic Scholarships

Māori students

Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Award

The Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Awards are aimed at encouraging and supporting Māori students as they complete a qualification. 

See the application page to see the criteria, conditions and important dates, or for more information about the Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Award contact the Māori Office on freephone 0508 650 200 or by email: maorioffice@openpolytechnic.ac.nz.

Kua Hii Ake te Ata – Study award 2017 application

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Amy Isaacs (Ngāpuhi): Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management (Level 7)

Amy received a Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Award in 2015, a scholarship offered by Open Polytechnic to encourage and support Māori students as they complete a qualification.

“It helped me a lot financially and eased my mind, not having to worry about the financial side of things,” says Amy. “I didn’t have to stress about my fees for the year, and it allowed me to just focus on studying.”

Pacific Island students

Pasifika Study Award

The Pasifka Study Awards provides monetary assistance to students who are working towards completing their qualification with the Open Polytechnic.

Applications have been extended to Thursday August 31, 2017.  Confirmation will be received by the end of September 2017.

For more information about the Pasifika Study Awards, please contact the Rebekah Tuileto’a on freephone 0580 650 200 or by email: Rebekah.Tuileto’a@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

Students with a disability

Open Polytechnic study awards for students with a disability

These awards are to encourage students with a disability to complete their qualification. They are  worth up to $1000 each. 

Go to the application page to see the criteria and important dates, or for more information contact us

Application for students with disability study award

The Shona Butterfield Scholarship

This is an annual scholarship to help students with a disability with course costs and textbooks. It was established in honour of our former Chief Executive, Shona Butterfield. 

The scholarship is an award of up to $5000 annually, and may be offered to more than one student for a period of up to two years.

Applications must be received by 10 January to be considered for that year’s awards. If you apply after this date, your application can be held for consideration in the following year.

For more information download the information sheet below or contact the Team Leader Services Academic Registry.

Shona Butterfield Scholarship information sheet and application

Other scholarships

Graham Harris Scholarship

This scholarship supports study in the environment area. It is awarded annually to:

  • the top performing student in a Level 5 Environment programme, OR 
  • a student in the first year of a Bachelor of Applied Science, with an environment major.

It was established in honour of Associate Professor Graham Harris, who was the Environment Major Leader for the Bachelor of Applied Science, Programme Leader for the Diploma in Māori Art and Design, and a highly respected lecturer, researcher and colleague.

The award is for course fees only, up to the value of $2000. It can be used over a period of up to two years.

The successful student will be contacted by the end of January each year.

Kevin Davies Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to the top performing student in their first year of a Bachelor of Business.

It was set up in honour of Kevin Davies, a valued member of our academic staff who taught courses in our Bachelor of Business degree.

The award is for course fees only, up to the value of $2000. It can be used over a period of up to two years.

The successful student will be contacted by the end of January each year.

External scholarships and awards

A range of other organisations offer funding and support for people wanting to study. 

giveME database

The giveME (formerly BreakOut) database has information on more than 4000 funding schemes, such as scholarships and grants. The database is provided by Generosity New Zealand.

You need to have a subscription to use this service, but you may be able to access it for free at public libraries and other locations, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and community centres.

giveMe database – Generosity New Zealand website (opens in new window)

Generosity New Zealand website (opens in new window)

Teacher scholarships

TeachNZ has scholarships aimed those training early childhood education.

Scholarships for trainee teachers - TeachNZ website (opens in new window)

Careerforce Mental Health Training Grant

If you are working in mental health and wanting to study, you may be eligible for a Careerforce mental health support worker training grant

Mental Health Training Grant – Careerforce website (opens in new window)

Other sources of scholarships and awards

For information about scholarships from industry or interest groups, government and scholarships aimed at Maori go to the CareersNZ website.  

Scholarships, grants and awards - Careers NZ website (opens in new window)

Scholarships, grants and awards for Maori students - Careers NZ website (opens in new window)

Scholarships, grants and awards for Pasifika students - Careers NZ website (opens in new window)

Budgeting and managing your money

For information and help on paying for your studies, budgeting and managing money, you can also check out Sorted.

Student loans - Sorted website (opens in new window)

Studying – Sorted website (opens in new window)

If you have any questions about scholarships, awards and financial assistance contact us

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