In this article, we’ll help you discover the different types of scholarships, grants and awards that you may be eligible for.

Imagine studying for free and not having to pay back a student loan… that would be ideal! It’s worth exploring your opportunities and finding out whether you could potentially study for free, or at least get a healthy subsidy on your fees.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you’ll need to meet the entry requirements of the specific scholarship you’re interested in. Entry requirements can be based on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Your area of study, industry or trade
  • Financial situation
  • Academic performance
  • The location you’re from, or where you’ll study
  • Ethnicity
  • Community work

Scholarships can vary in terms of what they cover and who they’re for. Some scholarships may cover all of your course costs and some living expenses, whereas others may only cover some of the tuition fees.

There are literally thousands of scholarships, grants and awards available to students each year. Many of these go completely unapplied for, so the best advice is to simply apply, even if you only just fit the requirements.

To make finding scholarships easier, StudySpy offers a free scholarship search and filter tool to explore all the different scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships from Universities, Polytechnics, Wānanga and Private Training Establishments

Many tertiary providers offer their own scholarships, grants and awards, whereas others are usually granted by trusts, schools and other organisations. At these tertiary providers, there’s often a ‘scholarships officer’ or ‘careers adviser’ who will be able to assist you in exploring the scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Tertiary providers often have their own database or list of scholarships on their websites.

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What does “Fees Free” mean for my scholarship?

It’s best to contact your scholarship provider directly and discuss your situation. In some cases, there may be an opportunity to use your scholarship for things like living costs, course related costs, or your second year of study.

Fees free for the “New Zealand Scholarship”

The “New Zealand Scholarship” is awarded to top students who pass the scholarship assessment for an approved subject by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Students will still be granted the award money for their first year of enrolled tertiary study in New Zealand.

You can find the eligibility requirements for the New Zealand Scholarship on the NZQA website.

Scholarships for Māori and Pasifika students

StudySpy lets you search for scholarships specific to an ethnicity:

Where else can I go for scholarship help?

Talk with your careers adviser; they can help you find out which scholarships, grants and awards you could be eligible for, and help you with the application forms.

You can also talk with education providers about options if you are already studying.

Check with interest groups you’re involved with, including sports, community and religious groups.

Start researching available scholarships on StudySpy Scholarships.