Getting yourself financially sorted is all part of being Study Ready. If you're enrolling onto a new course of study it's important to get your Studylink application in as soon as possible. You can apply online here.
If you need assistance with Studylink, want to know about your entitlements, or just need general financial guidance or support, WelTec can help. Get in touch with WelTec's Student Services Officer. They are based at Petone Campus but are also available at the Church Street and Cuba Street Campuses on Wednesdays.
Assistance can be given if you require extra help from Studylink or Work and Income, or with making an application to WelTec's Student Support Fund.
Top Money-Spinning Tips:
- Work part-time; if you haven't already register with Student Job Search www.sjs.co.nz
- Get a Snapper Card - you'll save at least 20% on bus fares
- Price up monthly passes for the bus or train www.metlink.org.nz or www.tranzmetro.co.nz
- Ditch the takeaways - cook from scratch and buy groceries in bulk
CONTACT the Student Services Office via the Student Information Centres at all Campuses, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 WELTEC (935 832).
WELTEC STUDENT SUPPORT FUND
Current students who are experiencing financial hardship or economic problems likely to adversely affect their studies may apply for financial assistance from WelTec's Student Support Fund. Your application to the fund is confidential, and the information you provide is protected by the Privacy Act 1993.
Further information about the Student Support Fund and the application form can be found here.
If you would like to apply, fill out the application form and hand it in at your WelTec Student Information Centre, or contact the Student Services Officer if you would like further information or assistance.
WelTec's Student Services Officer is a qualified NZFFBS Budget Advisor. They can give you the low down on how to make those pennies go further. The Student Services Officer is available across all campuses to give you tailored budget advice and financial guidance. If you want to make an appointment to tackle your budget head on, please email: email@example.com; call 0800 WELTEC (935 832); or enquire at the Student Information Centre at any campus. You'll need to bring a current bank statement along to your budget advice appointment.
STUDYLINK/ WORK AND INCOME
If you’re in a situation of financial hardship, due to unforeseen circumstances, or have had unexpected or urgent expenses, you may be able to get extra help from StudyLink or Work & Income.
- You may be eligible for a food grant, if you can provide evidence of genuine hardship, and valid reasons why you temporarily cannot afford food.
- You can apply for up to $300 towards dental costs (per 52 week period), if you can provide evidence that you can’t afford to meet the costs of dental treatment, and that the treatment is deemed urgent.
Contact StudyLink on 0800 88 99 00 or Work & Income on 0800 559 009 for further information or to book an emergency appointment.
There are a number of local foodbanks that you may be able to access, depending on your situation. Most food banks will expect you to seek assistance from StudyLink/Work & Income first.
WelTec Students’ Association in Petone can also provide a basic food parcel to WelTec student in financial hardship.
Doing some part time or casual work can be a big help while you’re a student. Register with Student Job Search and check for jobs on TradeMe and Seek too. Your income in any one week can be up to $206.73 before tax (from 1 April 2012) before your Student Allowance payments are affected.
Travel costs can eat into your budget, especially if you live further away from campus. Cut down on high travel costs by sharing rides with friends, travelling by cycle, using a Snapper card on the bus, or by buying 10 trip or monthly passes on the train.
If you can’t find anyone to share rides with within WelTec, register on the Let's Carpool website either as a driver needing passengers, or a potential passenger.