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.

Most semester one scholarships have closed. More Ara scholarships may be added - keep an eye on this page for details.

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 and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

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?

5 scholarships found

Ara Specialist Programmes 2018

Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Waitlist: 29 January 2018

All scholarships have been allocated to early bird applicants. These will not be awarded until applicants’ enrolments and eligibility are confirmed, so we encourage you to apply to be waitlisted for this scholarship.

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

Find out more

CFRU Scholarships Application 2018

Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Open until all scholarships awarded

This scholarship is open to any player who is a registered member of an affiliated CRFU club.

Find out more

Lifelong Learning 2018

Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Online
Closing date:
Still accepting applications for 2018

Lifelong Learning scholarships are available to students studying through the Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) and students utilising Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to gain their qualification.

Find out more

Manu Korero Speech Competition 2018

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

The Rika Fund

Christchurch, Online
Closing date:
October 31 and March 31

The Rika Fund was established following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch.

Find out more
Ara Foundation Grants