Scholarships - Guidelines

About our scholarships

Ara scholarships are available to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents only (unless stated otherwise in eligibility criteria).

All 2019 scholarships are available for students entering into their first year of study (unless otherwise stated in the eligibility criteria).

From 2020, all scholarships are available for students entering into any year of study at Ara (unless stated otherwise in eligibility criteria).

Equity Scholarships and Ara Values Scholarships provide discounts off course fees and cannot be redeemed for cash, or transferred from one programme to another. Scholarship recipients are required to cover course-related costs unless otherwise stated.

Experiential Scholarships are funds that can be used to pay for conference fees, travel expenses and accommodation costs related to attending an event or experience.

Completion Grants and Hardship Funds may be available for students experiencing financial hardship. This is at Ara's discretion.

Scholarships are for full-time students unless stated otherwise. Part-time scholarships will cover up to one year equivalent courses or until the scholarship has been exhausted.

All scholarships are available to students at any Ara campus, providing the associated programme is offered there.

Student levies are not included in scholarships unless stated.

Fee discount scholarships are not available to Ara staff and/or their immediate family members if they are eligible for the staff discount. Scholarships are also not available to Ara staff and/or their immediate family members for high-demand programmes that don’t qualify for the staff discount.

Students eligible for the Government’s fees-free scheme are not eligible for a scholarship during the year of their fees-free study.

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. Please note: eligibility applies to certain programmes of study only.

Unless otherwise stated students must be studying directly with Ara. Programmes offered through partnerships and subcontracting arrangements are not eligible - examples: TANZ eCampus, SIGNAL & Road Transport programmes, Bachelor of Nursing (Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice) 

Ara reserves the right to withdraw scholarship provision (in year)

Ara renews its portfolio of scholarship provision on an annual basis

Applying for a scholarship

To apply for a scholarship, you must first meet the entry requirements for the programme associated with the scholarship. Scholarships cannot be awarded until you have been offered a place and confirmed your enrolment.

As a scholarship applicant, you may be required to attend an interview.

You can apply for multiple scholarships, however, only one fees based scholarship can be awarded per applicant per year. If you’re eligible for more than one fee based scholarship, and deemed successful in the scholarships approval process, the Scholarships Approval Panel will award the highest value scholarship that you are successful for.

Decisions made by the Scholarships Approval Panel are final, however you can request feedback on an unsuccessful application if desired.

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; tell us about your background, where you’ve studied and/or worked and what your interests are.
  • Tell us why you want to study this programme.
  • Describe any experience you have in this area (paid or volunteer work, study etc).
  • Explain what you intentions and career aspirations are, once you complete your studies.
  • Tell us why you believe you are a good candidate for this particular scholarship (be sure to read the entry criteria thoroughly and use the information here).
  • Describe how this scholarship will help you to achieve your goals.

If you are awarded a scholarship

You may be asked to allow your name and photo to be used in the promotion of scholarships.

You will be required to confirm in writing without delay which courses your scholarship will cover.

If you choose to change to part-time study during the year, Ara reserves the right to end the scholarship arrangement. However, this will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

If you switch to a different Ara campus after your programme of study has commenced, the scholarship will remain with you.

You may be required to pass the courses you undertake in order to continue to receive scholarship funding. If you don’t pass or complete your programme of study, you cannot use your scholarship funds to pay for repeating a course.