Some New Zealanders became eligible for student loans as of 1 January 2016.
08 October 2015
The latest we are hearing from Canberra is that the Coalition Government will not back Senator Carr’s Bill that would allow some Kiwis to access student loans.
This is despite the fact that, in 2014, they promised to uphold the previous government’s commitment to make HELP loans available to Kiwis.
Student loans were supposed to be available to Kiwis from the beginning of the 2015 academic year. The Government failed to deliver, dashing the hopes of many students who wished to further their studies at university.
Now, the Government expects us to accept that the loans will not be available in 2016 either.
This is simply not good enough!
We urge you to contact Education Minister Simon Birmingham to let him know how you feel.