Funding your study
There are many different sources of funding for students with disabilities. Here you'll find an introduction to what is available at the University and beyond.
The Student Finance team can answer any questions you have about financing your studies. They provide confidential advice and are experts in budgeting and navigating StudyLink.
Benefits and allowances
StudyLink is the main source of allowances and loans for students in New Zealand. They also provide scholarships and help cover extra costs.
WINZ—Supported living payment
The Supported Living Payment is assistance for people who have, or are caring for someone with a health condition, injury, or disability.
The Disability Allowance can reimburse you for ongoing regular costs that you may have due to your impairment.
Scholarships and awards
Victoria University of Wellington scholarships
We offer a range of scholarships and awards to students intending on studying at the University.
Financial hardship grants and awards
There are a number of financial hardship grants offered to students on the basis of financial need.
BreakOut scholarships database
BreakOut is a database of over 2,000+ scholarships and awards that are available to students in New Zealand, including scholarships targeted for students with impairments.
National Foundation for the Deaf
The National Foundation for the Deaf offers several scholarships and grants for deaf or hearing impaired people.
Workbridge administers support funds on behalf of Work and Income. The funds can be used to help with the additional costs you might have because of your impairment, including equipment and technology.
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)
If you are a client of ACC then you can access support funds to help cover the additional costs you may have because of your impairment. This includes things like travel costs, equipment and technology.
The Total Mobility Scheme
The Total Mobility Scheme provides subsidised taxi travel to people with serious mobility impairments.
Enable New Zealand
Enable is a multi-service support organisation. Enable provides access to support funds for a variety of equipment and technology.
Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Service (NASC)
NASCs are organisations contracted by the Disability Services Directorate of the Ministry of Health to determine disabled people's eligibility for Ministry of Health funded disability support services.