Children's Bursary may be able to support you while you study.
You may be able to get this if:
- you live in NZ, and
- your parent has either:
- Qualifying Service before 1 April 1974, or
- Qualifying Operational Service in Viet Nam.
One of these must also apply:
- You get a Children's Pension.
- Your parent receives Weekly Income Compensation.
- Your parent receives a Veteran's Pension.
Children’s Bursary is for study:
- with a tertiary education organisation
- at a secondary school.
Payment is made once a year, in each year of study covered.
Payment rate depends on your circumstances, and on the type of study:
- secondary or tertiary
- part or full-time for tertiary study.
Course providers can confirm if a course is part or full-time.
If you change from part to full-time in the same year, we may pay the difference between the rates.
Children's Bursary payment rates
You can stay on Children’s Bursary up to whichever comes first:
- end of the year you finish study, or
- end of the year you turn 23.
For ongoing payment, we’ll need a completed disclosure form each year. This is to confirm you’re still on an approved course of study. We’ll send the form to you.
If you're over 18 and studying full-time you'll receive Children's Bursary until 31 December. This can continue into the next study year if you intend to study full-time. You'll need to provide us with Conditional Acceptance letters from the tertiary institute you'll be studying at for payment to continue.
- Fill out the Children's Bursary application form.
- Send the application form and any supporting information to us.
Download the Children's Bursary application form [PDF, 791 KB]
If you're under 16 your guardian can fill out the application form for you.
After you apply we'll:
- contact you to confirm we've received your application
- start the decision-making process
- inform you in writing once a decision has been made.
Contact us for more information
We strive to be transparent. If you want to know how this entitlement is administered you can read the full policy.