Support available – financial difficulties & special consideration

How to apply for Financial Difficulties support
We understand that the COVID-19 situation is an unusually difficult time for everyone. If you are experiencing financial hardship that will have an impact on your studies, you may be eligible for financial support.

Students requesting financial support can contact the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team in the first instance to discuss their situation. The UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team will review your situation and provide advice on the application process. As a general guide, students are eligible to apply for financial support if they can demonstrate that their capacity for continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship. However, as financial support is limited, being eligible does not mean you will be approved for support. Financial support is also not intended as a form of income support and will not be provided to pay for ongoing expenses. Please note that each application is assessed on a case by case basis and has criteria attached to them.

Finally, we understand this is a time of uncertainty and we are here for you to talk to. We are offering consultations online, so please do make an appointment with the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team if you are facing financial hardship.

Wage Subsidy (domestic and international students)

Students (including international students) who are legally entitled to work and are employed by a New Zealand employer can be covered by the wage subsidy. The subsidy covers employees who are working part-time, or on a causal or contract basis. Please note that as the subsidy is paid to employers, the subsidy does not cover international or domestic students who were not in employment prior to COVID-19. A useful link to the details of the policy is available here 

Special Consideration Process
Students who are experiencing particular challenges as a result of COVID-19 may apply for Special Consideration here

More information
More COVID-19 information is available on the UC website here

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

COVID-19 | Ilam Fields

Ilam Fields are not to be used for team sporting activities until further notice. During the national lockdown the need for isolation, physical distancing and restriction on gatherings is critical. It is crucial that New Zealanders stay home and break the chain of community transmission of COVID-19.

Please keep up to date with student communications via your @uclive email, and check the UC website for updates and FAQs. If you have any queries or concerns, please email

United against COVID-19.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

During times of Uncertainty it is important to find ways to Keep Learning

Staying curious and engaging with the world around you is a great way to uplift your wellbeing.

  • Pick a question you’ve always wondered about and take some time to look it up.
  • Call your parents or grandparents and ask them questions about life when they were growing up.
  • Research your whakapapa or family tree. Look up stories, myths and legends from different cultures. Discover the name of the iwi, hapu, maunga and awa of the place you live.
  • Download an app like Duolingo and start learning a new language.

Check out the YouTube’s new Learning channel for some inspiration – from BookTube to National Geographic’s playlist, there’s something for everyone.