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Ara is proud to offer a wide range of scholarships which can save you thousands of dollars. Some recognise academic excellence, community leadership and sporting achievements. Others are designed to help meet skills shortages in specific industries, or to simply encourage individuals into education. If you meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply when you apply for your programme of study.

Ara Advantage Scholarships

Our Ara Advantage Scholarships are funded and awarded by Ara. Recipients can spend them on anything that helps them succeed in their studies (e.g. rent, childcare, fees). They’re open to any current or prospective Ara student who meets the eligibility criteria.

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Hardship Scholarship

Ara offers a Study & Living Scholarship as well as a Māori & Pacific Childcare Scholarship. Please click here for further information.

Focus Scholarships

These scholarships are provided by industry and community donors. In most cases, they relate to a specific area of study, level of study or purpose. They’re open to any Ara student who meets the scholarship’s specific eligibility criteria.



Partner Scholarships

These scholarships are made available by Ara to organisations that have a formal partnership agreement with the institute. Only individuals affiliated with, or members of, those organisations can apply for them.