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Domestic Hardship Fund for Learners

An emergency fund that helps current students facing financial difficulties during COVID-19

Our Hardship Fund is no longer available for our NZSE International Students

What is the Domestic Hardship Fund for Learners?

The New Zealand Government has created the Hardship Fund for Learners (HAFL) to provide financial assistance to tertiary students whose studies have or are being affected by COVID-19.

If you are experiencing financial hardship that is getting in the way of your studies, the Hardship Fund for Learners could help you.

How can the Domestic Hardship Fund for Learners help you?

The Hardship Fund for Learners can help with a range of costs including but not limited to;

Eligibility for Domestic Hardship Fund for Learners

To be eligible, you need to be a current student enrolled in with NZSE who is experiencing financial hardship during COVID-19*.

Before applying, you should have already used all of your entitlements under the Student Loan scheme.

*Conditions apply, please speak to our Student Support Team for more information.

Apply for hardship fund for learners

Apply for the Hardship Fund for Learners below and our Student Support representatives will get in touch with you to discuss.

You will need to supply evidence of your bank account. This evidence can be either a recent bank statement, Internet banking screenshot, or a screenshot from your bank app. It must show your name and the account number. Please email this evidence by email to with your name and Student ID in the subject line.
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