Emergency financial assistance

Funding assistance

The Ara Hardship Fund is to assist currently enrolled students who face unexpected financial hardship. The hardship fund is setup to enable these students to continue their current course of study. Scholarships and awards are also available as another source of financial assistance.

Each hardship application is considered on its own merits as to whether it meets the scheme's criteria. You can download an Ara Hardship Fund Application Form (PDF: 0.1MB) to apply.

Hardship fund specific exclusions

There are some specific items which will not be funded by the Ara Hardship Fund

  • Assistance during summer break
  • International students 
  • Debts incurred prior to enrolment
  • Rental bonds
  • Text books

For further information visit the Student Support Office.

Other sources of financial assistance

Contact us

Debbie Noonan
Student Support Officer
Ara
PO Box 540
Christchurch 8140

0800 24 24 76