Student consumer information
The latest information, tools, and resources regarding US Federal Student Aid in compliance with The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
- Cohort Default Rate
- Funding assessment
- Cost of attendance
- Budgeting advice
- US Federal Student Aid Direct Loan disclosures
- Dependency status
- Victoria University of Wellington information
- Find an agent
- Additional US Federal Student Aid information
Cohort Default Rate
Victoria University of Wellington’s 2018 three year Cohort Default Rate is 4.1.
Your eligibility for US financial aid will be assessed based on the information you provide on your FAFSA and Application form for US Federal Student Aid. Find out more about eligibility and the application process.
Cost of attendance
It is important to read what may affect your COA as well as understand the exchange rate conversion policy before accepting a loan and committing to study.
Find out more about the cost of attendance and the exchange rate conversion policy.
We recommend you have access to at least four weeks’ funds in case there is a delay in your loan money being received.
For further advice about planning for your study costs, see the International Students’ Financial Survival Guide.
US Federal Student Aid Direct Loan disclosures
The US Department of Education's student loan information is available here.
Borrower's detailed loan information is available at National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
The University reports borrower's enrolment details on NSLDS six times per year.
Before a loan can be approved a complete US Federal Student Aid application must be completed. Further details on the application process can be found here.
Borrower's are required to complete online Exit Counselling before they withdraw, graduate, or drop below half-time.
Borrowers are obligated to make minimum loan payments. Please see how to manage and repay your loan here.
For further information, see the US Federal Student Aid website for useful tools and information:
The above information is provided in accordance with the US government’s Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, section 668.
If you wish to drop or add a course you will need to make sure you follow the correct procedures within specified timelines. For withdrawal processes and deadlines see our course additions and withdrawal information.
Withdrawal and Return of Title IV
Under US federal law, Victoria University of Wellington is required to report any changes to your enrolment and perform a Return of Title IV if applicable. You may also have to return the unearned funds.
A student’s dependency status is determined from information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It affects the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and types of aid that you may be eligible to receive.
You’re considered independent if you are one or more of:
- at least 24 years old by 31 December of the award year
- an orphan or ward/dependent of the court, or was a ward/dependent of the court until you reached age 18
- a veteran of the US Armed Forces
- working on a Master’s or doctorate programme at the beginning of the award year for which the FAFSA is completed
- married as of the date the FAFSA is completed
- the parent of at least one child who receives more than half of his or her support from you
- live with a dependent, other than a spouse or a child, who receives more than half of his or her support from you at the time the FAFSA is completed and through 30 June of the award year.
You are considered dependent if you do not meet any of the preceding criteria for an independent student unless Wellington University International determines that you are independent based on special circumstances.
To apply for a dependency override, contact the financial aid coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victoria University of Wellington information
Completion and graduation rates can be found in the University’s Annual Report.
Studying at Victoria University of Wellington
Safeguarding your information
The collection, use, storage, disclosure, and correction of personal information by the University are governed by the Privacy Act 1993. View the University's information about privacy.
Victoria University of Wellington is part of the New Zealand-wide alcohol screening and intervention coordinated by Health Promotion Agency (HPA) whereby all current students are emailed each year with a screening invitation and brief online intervention. More information is available on the Student Health website.
Victoria University of Wellington will impose disciplinary sanctions on students for the possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol in accordance with the Student Conduct Statute. Such sanctions could include exclusion from the University for a period of up to two years and the matter may be referred to the police. For more detail, refer to Victoria University of Wellington’s Student Conduct Statute.
For a full view of the University’s student policies.
Find an agent
Find an authorised education agent in your local area to help you apply for your degree.
Additional US Federal Student Aid information
There are several other programmes including Pell Grants and Perkins Loans that may be available under the same US legislation. However, these cannot be awarded to students studying outside the United States. Eligible students may, however, defer the repayment of these loans while attending Victoria University of Wellington.
Further information on Direct Loans is available on these links to external websites:
Visit the US Department of Education's website for advice on entrance and exit counselling, viewing federal loan documents, and signing master promissory notes.