Government Allowances

School Boarding Allowance

“Students are eligible to apply for a Boarding Allowance if they demonstrate they are facing barriers to achieving educational success, and that boarding away from home will remove those barriers.”

Students can apply for a boarding allowance if they meet one of the two eligibility criteria:

• Access barrier – the student’s home is geographically isolated, for example in a remote rural or island location, far from the nearest secondary school.
• Multiple barriers – the student’s educational success is negatively affected by:
- poor participation at school
-  poor or negative relationships
-  behavioural issues
-  low educational achievement
-  their home environment.

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If you have any questions or need help with the application, contact the Boarding Allowance Team at the Ministry of Education.

Phone: 04 439 5425 or 04 463 8085

Boarding Allowance Team
Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666
Wellington 6140

Applications close 31 October

Travel Assistance

Students receiving a school boarding allowance are also eligible for travel assistance. The cost of travel at the beginning and end of each term, in excess of $10.00, will be refunded. The amount is based on public transport fares where such transport is available.

Secondary School Boarding Allowance

Senior College students who wish to study a course not offered by local high schools and who are obliged to live away from home, may receive an allwance of $2,725 per annum. Where students are pursuing a course containing subjects at both Year 12 and 13 levels, a secondary boarding allowance will be awarded only if the student is taking at least four subjects at one level – i.e. four nationally-approved NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects. Note: in recent years the Ministry has only approved applications where students are taking at least two subjects not available at the local school.

Technical Boarding Allowance

These allowances of $2,725 per annum are awarded to students in Years 10 and 11 who must live away from home in order to take a course containing an agriculture subject or workshop subject not available at their local school.

For more information on government boarding allowances, please contact the Head of the Secondary School on 03 940 2000.

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