What you need to apply - Student Allowance
Here's a list of the documents you need to provide when you make your application for a Student Allowance. Most of these we will only need to see the first time you make your application.
What documents you may need to provide
If you're applying for the first time, you'll need to provide:
- birth certificate or passport (to show your date of birth)
- passport or citizenship papers (to show your residency status)
- pre-printed deposit slip from your bank (to show your bank account details)
- pre-printed letter or notice from Inland Revenue (to show your IRD number)
- marriage certificate or deed poll papers (to show any name change you've had).
In most cases you won't have to provide any document we've already seen. If you're unsure about what you need to provide, contact us.
Depending on your situation, we let you know what additional documents we need from you once we've processed your application.
In general, this could include:
- evidence of your income
- evidence of your partner's income
- evidence of your parent(s)' income if you're under 24.
If you're providing a copy of an original document it needs to be verified. A verified copy is a copy of the original document which has been signed and dated by someone like a StudyLink or Work and Income staff member, officer of a tertiary education provider, school principal, Solicitor/Lawyer, Notary Public, Court Registrar or Justice of the Peace (listed in the Yellow Pages) who can confirm that the copy is the same as the original. They must print their name and title on the copy and write that it is a true copy and sign it.
If you send an original document we will return it to you by courier.
The latest you can provide us with supporting documents for your Student Allowance is by the end of the course which you have applied for a Student Allowance or your application will be declined.
We can't grant your application or make any payments until your application is complete. So get us all the information we need so you get your payment on time.
What other forms you may need to provide
Depending on your situation, you may need to complete other forms and your Student Allowance application.
To make sure you get all the forms you need, when you apply online you will indicate whether you:
- plan to study overseas
- are under 24 and only supported by one parent
- are under 24 with no support from either parent, and you want to apply for the Independent Circumstances Allowance
- already had a Student Allowance for 200 weeks and need an extension to finish your studies
- want to apply for limited full-time status.
The online application process will give you the forms you need.
If you cannot apply online, download the forms you need below and contact us. You need to complete the required forms, and a Student Allowance application.
You can also contact us if you want a form posted to you or want to talk about your situation in more detail.