Scholarships and fee reductions

We offer a number of scholarships across a variety of study areas and we encourage you to apply if you think you might be eligible.

You should apply for scholarships at the same time as you apply for your programme of study (there’s no need to wait until you’ve been accepted into your programme). Late applications may be accepted for some scholarships.

How to apply

  • Step 1: Search for a scholarship from the list below, using the filter to narrow your search to the ones most relevant to you.
  • Step 2: Select a scholarship to read more.
  • Step 3: Check the eligibility requirements to see if you meet them.
  • Step 4: Complete the application form (located on the right hand side of each scholarship page).
  • Step 5: Submit your application before the closing date.

Once we’ve received your application we’ll be in touch.

You can find further scholarships and awards at Generosity New Zealand, which you can access by logging in at most council libraries, schools and from Ara campuses. If you’re studying a programme relating to primary industries, there are grants and scholarships available at Growing NZ . If you identify as Māori or Pasifika, there are further options available through Ngai Tahu.

Please read the terms and conditions for Ara scholarships.

Personal statement – tips

  • Think of your personal statement like a job application; you need to put your best foot forward and convince us that you’re the best candidate for this scholarship.
  • Start by introducing yourself; what’s your background, where have you studied, what’s your recent work history and what are your interests?
  • Tell us why you want to study this programme.
  • Do you have any experience in this area (paid or volunteer work, study, etc)?
  • Once you complete your studies, what are your intentions and career aspirations?
  • What makes you a good candidate for this particular scholarship? (Be sure to read the entry criteria thoroughly and use the information here)
  • How will this scholarship help you to achieve your goals?

13 scholarships found

Ara Advantage 2018

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 11 Dec 2017

Final date: 29 Jan 2018

This scholarship aims to help make study accessible for everyone.

Find out more

Ara Specialist Programmes 2018

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 11 Dec 2017

Final date: 29 Jan 2018

This scholarship is available to reward leadership ability or academic achievement, and to encourage high achieving students into Ara Specialist Programmes.

Find out more

Dream NEW scholarship - International students

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru
Closing date:
1 Sep 2017

This scholarship has been designed to for European students who dream big, crave adventure and set their sights on new horizons to undertake a semester of undergraduate study in New Zealand.

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Lifelong Learning 2018

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 11 Dec 2017

Final date: 29 Jan 2018

These scholarships are available to encourage individuals over the age of 25 and who have been in a career to upskill or change career.

Find out more

Manu Korero Speech Competition 2017

Location:
Christchurch
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 19 Jun 2017

Final date: 10 Jul 2017

The Manu Kōrero scholarship is intended to celebrate the success of speakers who have represented the Waitaha region on the national competitions. This scholarship is offered as part of a strategy to promote the benefits of being biculturally proficient and speaking Te Reo.

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Manu Korero Speech Competition 2018

Location:
Christchurch
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 11 Dec 2017

Final date: 29 Jan 2018

The Manu Kōrero scholarship celebrates the success of speakers who have represented the Waitaha region on the national competitions.

Find out more

Māori Higher Learning 2017

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 19 Jun 2017

Final date: 10 Jul 2017

This scholarship is available to support more Māori students into tertiary study at degree level with a focus on language revitalisation.

Find out more

Māori Higher Learning 2018

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 11 Dec 2017

Final date: 29 Jan 2018

This scholarship assists more Māori into tertiary study at degree or diploma level.

Find out more

Pasifika Higher Learning 2018

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 11 Dec 2017

Final date: 29 Jan 2018

This scholarship assists more Pasifika into tertiary study at degree or diploma level.

Find out more

Skills Shortage 2018

Location:
Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Early bird: Monday 11 Dec 2017

Final date: 29 Jan 2018

This scholarship is available for programmes that prepare students to work in careers featured on the Canterbury Skills Shortages list.

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