Student Allowances Regulations 1998

Version as at 1 August 2022

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Student Allowances Regulations 1998

(SR 1998/277)

Michael Hardie Boys, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 21st day of September 1998

The Right Hon Jenny Shipley presiding in Council


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Development.

Pursuant to sections 303, 306, and 307 of the Education Act 1989, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.


1Title and commencement
2AMeaning of programme
2BTransitional, savings, and related provisions
3Allowances continued
4Assessment of parental income
5Reassessment of parental income
6Assessment of income of spouse or partner
7Eligibility for basic grant
8Eligibility for independent circumstances grant
9Eligibility for accommodation benefit
10Award of A-Bursary [Revoked]
11Award of B-Bursary [Revoked]
12Eligibility for certain allowances
12AChief executive may approve part-time course for student
13Student not eligible for certain allowances where student or spouse or partner receiving social security payments, New Zealand superannuation, or veteran’s pension
14Student may not be eligible for certain allowances if eligible for other government study assistance
15Eligibility where change of course
16Continuing eligibility for certain allowances
17Reduction of course
18Amount of allowances to be paid to students
19Payment of certain allowances
20Maximum periods of allowances
21Payment of certain allowances for long programme of study (other than secondary instruction) [Revoked]
22Payment of certain allowances for further programmes of study permitted for retraining for employment, etc [Revoked]
23Period for which certain allowances payable
23ALimitation on payment for permanent residents enrolled at New Zealand campus studying overseas
23BLimitation on payment for students enrolled at overseas campus or delivery site of tertiary provider
24Amount of accommodation benefit
24AAmount of accommodation benefit for single student with supported child
24BPeriod for which accommodation benefit payable
25Payment of A-Bursaries and B-Bursaries [Revoked]
26Payments may be made where work undertaken outside New Zealand
27No payment if income limit exceeded [Revoked]
28Suspension of allowances during detention in prison
29Suspension of certain allowances for failure to attend or perform work
30Suspension of certain allowances for failure of full-time course of study (other than secondary instruction)
31Suspension of certain allowances for failure to give statement
32Reinstatement of certain allowances
33Postponement of course of study
34Suspension of certain allowances due to tertiary provider losing accreditation
35Suspension of certain allowances due to injury, sickness, or holidays
36Lodging of appeals
37Relevant chief executive or Minister of Education to be given copies of notices of appeal
39Matters to which Authority to have regard
41Notification of change in student’s circumstances affecting entitlement
42Form of statement for continuing eligibility for certain allowances
42ARelationship status for student allowance purposes
43Calculation of personal income
44Deprivation of income
45Review of certain allowances
46Certain allowances to be inalienable
47Transitional provision [Revoked]
47AApplications on or after 1 October 2010 for allowances for courses commencing before 1 January 2011 [Revoked]
47BTransitional provisions: 1 September 2013 changes to residence-related eligibility periods
47CTransitional provisions: exception to ineligibility ground introduced on 1 September 2013
47DTransitional provisions: exception to 120-week maximum entitlement period introduced on 1 September 2013
47ESavings provisions: extended eligibility granted, or sought but not determined, on 1 September 2013
48Previous allowances
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