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 or negative relationships; behavioural issues; low educational achievement; their home environment.
Cick here for further information. 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 Ed
PO Box 1666Wellington 6140
Applications close 31 October each year.
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 allowance of $2725 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 $2725 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 +64 3 940 2000.