NZQA Financial Assistance Application

Financial Assistance

The purpose of financial assistance is to ensure that fees are not a barrier to participation in qualifications for students in low-to-middle income families. Each year the Government provides limited funding for eligible students enrolled in New Zealand secondary schools who are entering standards on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and for Scholarship.

International fee-paying students are not eligible for financial assistance.

To be eligible for financial assistance, the applicant (normally the parent or guardian of the candidate) must be the fee-payer and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • be receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit¬† (benefit-based applications)
  • have a joint family [1] income that would entitle the applicant to receive a Community Services Card (income-based applications)
  • be a fee-payer with two or more children who are candidates (multiple candidate applications [2]), where the total fees to pay would otherwise be more than the $200 multiple candidate maximum.

Financial Assistance fees schedule

Number of candidates fee-payer is paying for Fee-payer is eligible for beneficiary or income-based assistance Fee-payer is not eligible for beneficiary or income-based assistance
One child who is a candidate $20.00 Full fees ($76.70 for NZQF and 3 Scholarship subjects)
Two or more children who are candidates A maximum of $30.00 per family Where fees are payable for more than one candidate, a maximum of $100.00 per child and $200.00 per fee-payer

Application form

The financial assistance application form and information sheet have been updated and are available on the NZQA website.