Residency Waiver for StudyLink Support

StudyLink/Ministry of Education Update

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In response to the Collective Impact Board raising gaps in access to StudyLink support, the Government has agreed to provide an exclusion to the three-year residency stand-down period for Student Allowance and Student Loan, for some students whose family members were impacted by the attacks of March 2019.
This means you may meet residency requirements for Student Allowance and Loan.

You may qualify if you:

  • have a New Zealand residence-class visa issued between 15 March 2019 and 31 December 2024, and
  • are applying to study with a start date of 1 January 2021 or later, and
  • have a living family member who had or may have qualified for a Christchurch response visa.

You must be related to your family member, by being their:

partner, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, first cousin (i.e. a child of an aunt or uncle), parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, as well as step-child, step-parent, or step sibling.

This means you may be eligible by being related through birth, marriage or adoption.

You can apply online for a Student Allowance and Loan.

Go to: Apply online for first-time students - StudyLink(external link)

For more information see Residency Requirements - StudyLink(external link) or speak to your Kaiwhakaoranga Case Manager.

The Collective Impact Board Raising Gaps in Access to StudyLink Support

The Board have worked to raise this theme since adding it to the Work Programme. You can view the letter provided to the Collective Impact Board from the Ministry of Education below:

MoE Letter to the Collective Impact Board [PDF, 63 KB]

To find out more about the work of the Collective Impact Board, please see the Board's Work Programme

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