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 for assessment against standards on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and for New Zealand 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 must apply under one of the following application types:

Benefit applications – this includes those receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit, or those with a current Community Services Card.
Income-based applications – this includes those that have a joint family income that would entitle the applicant to receive a Community Services Card, but do not already have one.
Multiple candidate applications – this includes fee-payers with two or more children who are candidates, where the total fees to pay would otherwise be more than the $200 multiple candidate maximum.

Application for financial assistance forms are available from the student office.


Financial Assistance fees schedule

How Much Will I Need To Pay?

 I am eligible for beneficiary or income-based assistanceI am not eligible for beneficiary or income-based assistance
I am paying for one child who is a candidate $20.00 Full fees ($76.70 for all NCEA standards, $30 for each NZ Scholarship subject entry
I am paying for two or more children who are candidates A maximum of $30.00 per family A maximum of $200.00 per fee-payer


  • "Family is defined as parents, including sole parents or legal guardians and their children living together.
  • Each domestic candidate will pay $76.70 for all NCEA standards and $30 for each entry into a NZ Scholarship subject. This means that most fee-payers with two candidates assessed against NZQF standards this year will not be eligible for multiple candidate financial assistance as the total will be less than the $200 maximum.
  • "Fee-Payer" is normally the parent or guardian of the candidate, and must be the person paying the NZQA fees.

Need More Information?

If you need more information on how to apply for financial assistance please contact the school.

Financial Assistance