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Supplementary benefits

Sole Parent Study Assistance

Costs covered

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:

Assistance can be paid toward study costs. Study costs are the necessary and reasonable costs of attending the course, and include:

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.

EligibilityTop

Sole Parent Study Assistance is available to people who:

Sole Parent Study Assistance cannot be paid to people who are:

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.