Sole Parent Study Assistance
Sole Parent Study Assistance provides non-taxable, interest-free recoverable assistance to people undertaking courses at NCEA Level 4 or above. A maximum of $500 of assistance is available per year.
The course undertaken must:
- improve the client’s prospects of gaining paid employment in a field relevant to the course (including offering reasonable employment opportunities at the end of the course)
- attract Student Component Funding or other approved Government funding
- be appropriate for the client given their circumstances.
Assistance can be paid toward study costs. Study costs are the necessary and reasonable costs of attending the course, and include:
- books and stationery
- course equipment and materials (including internet costs and computers)
- transport (costs of public transport, or reasonable costs of private transport)
- childcare (reasonable costs of informal childcare, or costs of care with a registered provider above those covered by childcare assistance available)
- disability-related costs not covered by other assistance available
- other costs necessary for attending the course.
Sole Parent Study Assistance is not available for course fees. In general, Student Loans are available to pay for the fees of courses eligible for Sole Parent Study Assistance.
Sole Parent Study Assistance was introduced in February 2011.
Sole Parent Study Assistance is available to people who:
- are receiving a Domestic Purposes Benefit – Sole Parent
- have used all their course-related costs entitlement (if any) under the Student Loans Scheme
- are enrolled in a training course at NCEA Level 4 or above which will improve their skills and increase their chances of getting paid work.
Sole Parent Study Assistance cannot be paid to people who are:
- receiving, or who are entitled to receive, a Training Incentive Allowance, or
- studying for a post-graduate diploma or certificate, a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, a Master’s degree, or a doctorate.
Numbers receiving Sole Parent Study AssistanceTop
A total of 986 clients received Sole Parent Study Assistance in 2011/2012. Three in five (59%) of these clients were aged 25–39, while another 22% were aged 18–24.
Sole Parent Study Assistance cost a total of $422,000 in 2011/2012.