The New Zealand Government's Student Loan Scheme is administered through StudyLink, a service of the Ministry of Social Development. Only domestic students are eligible to apply for student loans and allowances.
If you are considering applying for a student loan and/or allowance, please visit the StudyLink website to check out the eligibility criteria:
The University of Otago's only involvement with student loans and allowances is to provide verification of enrolment and fees information to StudyLink so they can assess your eligibility. Revenue Management also provide verification of enrolment and fees information to StudyLink for Foundation Year students.
You can apply to StudyLink before your enrolment is finalised. StudyLink process around 200,000 applications over summer for the start of the academic year and they can take around eight weeks to process. Applying early gives you time to provide any supporting documents and allows you to get your loan application sorted before the due date for fee payment.