Financial assistance

Funding assistance

There are several funds available to assist currently enrolled students who face unexpected financial hardship. The funds are 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 applicant is considered on its own merits as to whether it meets the scheme’s criteria. For further information visit Student Central at your campus.

Emergency Assistance Grant

Supports fully enrolled students with emergency financial assistance of up to $100 for urgent needs to enable them to continue with their study.
Apply here

Ara Hardship Grant

Assists fully enrolled students whose continued study would be threatened by unanticipated financial circumstances.
Apply here

Ara Completion Grant

Assists fully enrolled students where circumstances related to their study changes causing an unmanageable financial burden OR assistance to enable completion of qualifications and entry into employment.
Apply here 

Māori & Pasifika Trades Training Learner Support Fund

Assists fully enrolled Māori and Pasifika students in approved programmes whose continued study or transition would be supported by financial assistance.
Apply here

LIFT Completion Grant (Linwood College)

Assists fully enrolled students facing financial hardship to complete their tertiary study. This grant is only available to students who completed at least 2 years of study at Linwood College.
Apply here

COVID-19 Fund for Learners Scholarship Application

This COVID-19 Fund for Learners scholarship is for any Ara domestic learner who has experienced suffering, deprivation or financial hardship due to COVID-19. There are 50 scholarships of $2,500 for study and living costs.
Apply here

Ara Hardship Grant for International Students (temporary)

Assists fully enrolled International students whose continued study would be threatened by unanticipated financial circumstances due to COVID-19.
Apply here

Other sources of financial assistance

Budgeting Advice:

Contact us

Student Support
0800 24 24 76