There are a number of options available to support enrolled UC students in times of financial difficulty. If you'd like to discuss your options, please contact the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare Team – their details are listed below!

COVID-19-related financial support

Are you struggling financially because of COVID-19? Here's how UCSA/UC can help.

If you are a domestic or international student experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for financial support. For example, it could be that you are experiencing:

  • reduced hours of part time work
  • complete loss of part time work
  • loss of financial support that was being provided by your family
  • inability to pay utility bills or cover grocery expenses
  • issues in covering rent/hall accommodation fees
  • struggling to pay for travel costs to return to Christchurch following lockdown.

The tabs below provide a summary of the different options available and to whom.


Financial Tips (with Budget Template)

For tips on budgeting 101, download the UCSA's booklet. Please note that information in the booklet is intended to be general budgeting tips, and does not constitute formal budget advice.



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