Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Students urged to submit Student Loan/Allowance applications

Hon Chester Borrows
Associate Minister for Social Development

28 January 2014

Students urged to submit Student Loan and Allowance applications

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows says students who have yet to apply for their 2014 Student Loan or Allowance now risk not getting their payments sorted by their study start date.

Mr Borrows says StudyLink has worked hard to make sure students are aware of the consequences of leaving things to the last minute.

“StudyLink advised students to apply by 16 December. It sent 570,000 emails as well as text messages, material on campus, used Twitter and Facebook, and got help from education providers and student associations to get the message out there,” says Mr Borrows.

“Over 90,000 students responded to that message, a 46 per cent increase on the same time last year, which is great news. These applications will be given priority.”

“But as at mid-January there’s more than 60,000 students yet to apply. It’s important that students understand that StudyLink is now entering its busiest time.”

Mr Borrows says that with such large volumes to process it can take 8 weeks or more to finalise an application, particularly for complex applications requiring additional information such as parent’s income.

“With NCEA results released last week there is no need to delay applying. Even students waiting on limited entry courses can start the application process now before they finalise their courses for the year,” says Mr Borrows.

“My message to students is simple. StudyLink is there to help you, and the sooner you get your application in, the sooner they can do that.

“Every day students delay only makes it harder for StudyLink to get them their right entitlement on day one.”

Students can find out more about the application process on the StudyLink website (www.studylink.govt.nz) and can also track the progress of their application online using their MyStudyLink account.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news