The purpose of Pūtea Tautoko is to provide financial relief by way of scholarship extensions and/or grants to current students for whom COVID-19-related financial hardship creates a significant barrier to successful study at the University of Otago.
All current University of Otago students are eligible to apply including domestic, international, full-time, part-time, undergraduate and postgraduate.
Please consider carefully the purpose of Pūtea Tautoko in relation to your situation. The University, donors and University staff have contributed funding to support students severely affected by the COVID-19 situation.
Prior to applying to Pūtea Tautoko, students are expected to have already explored other income options from NZ Government sources such as Studylink (e.g. student loans and allowances) or Work and Income (e.g. health and disability payments). Resource links:
Your eligibility may have changed as a result of you and your family’s circumstances.
Advice and advocacy regarding the COVID-19 wage subsidy, tenancy agreements and more.
The fund is to help people living within the Dunedin City Council rateable area with a grant towards an electricity account.
A weekly payment (eligibility criteria apply) to help with your living expenses during a study break of more than three weeks.
Before applying to Pūtea Tautoko, you should make sure your personal details, New Zealand bank account, and home address in eVision are up to date.
As part of the application, you will be asked to provide details of your current financial situation, including any scholarships, student allowances, personal savings, earnings from paid work, family support, COVID-19 related support, or any other income you receive.
You are required to nominate an impartial independent referee to support your application. The referee will be asked to provide comment on your financial situation. Before you submit your application, please let your referee know you are applying, and ensure they understand your situation in order to verify your circumstances.
Important information on referees
Examples of unsuitable referees include partners, family members, friends, colleagues, coursemates, flatmates and landlords.
Tutors engaged privately are not appropriate referees.
If you are a College resident, a suitable referee would be your Head of College.
If you are a postgraduate or senior undergraduate it may be your supervisor, a lecturer or university employed tutor.
If you are an international student on an MFAT Scholarship, your referee should be a staff member from the International Office.
You may also choose to nominate a University staff member from support services such as Student Health, Te Huka Mātauraka, the Pacific Islands Centre, Disability Information and Support, or the Graduate Research School as a referee.
Appropriate referees outside of the university include a GP, current employer, ex-employer, and other recognised community leaders.
From 23 November 2020 to 9 January 2021, Pūtea Tautoko is closed for general applications. If you are a current student and have an immediate and significant financial need during this time (that is COVID-19 related), please complete this form. The application process re-opens to current students on 10 January 2021 and this will be managed through eVision via the link in the My finances section on the homepage of your eVision portal (please note this is NOT the Finances tab in the top ribbon).
Once you have submitted your application, it will be confidentially assessed by a specialist panel. You will receive an email advising that your application has been submitted. You should receive an outcome of your application within 20 working days.
Incomplete applications will be declined.
Anyone in receipt of a Pūtea Tautoko grant who is found to have provided misleading information, or used any of the funding inappropriately, may be required to repay the grant (in whole or in part), and may be barred from making future applications to the Fund.
Current students are eligible to apply for and receive Pūtea Tautoko funding more than once, but applicants must declare any previous support received from the Fund or any other sources.