What is the Hardship Grant Scheme?

Hardship Grants re-open Semester 1 2023

AUSA’s Hardship Grant Scheme gives monetary grants to students who are experiencing severe financial difficulties. The scheme was set up to assist students in hardship with the basic necessities of life.

Successful applicants will be granted up to $300 depending on their situation and need, or up to $450 if they are caring for dependents.

NOTE: Financial need must fall under one of the following four categories to be considered - food, accommodation, travel, medical.

We DO NOT PAY for items like Parking tickets & fines, Arrears from Finance Companies, Bad Debt, Course Fees, Membership Fees (Gyms/ Clubs), or Domestic & International Flights.

We reserve the right to ask for further information on bank statement details; including information on transferring between accounts and details on any other accounts. This is a non-exhaustive list.


  • You must be a University of Auckland student
  • You have not already accessed the hardship fund within the current semester
  • You must not a member of the AUSA Executive or Staff
  • You must be employed, seeking employment, or be unable to do so
  • You must fill in this form completely with all relevant attachments, including a copy of your bank statement with all transactions for the previous two weeks


Your application will be assessed by the AUSA Welfare Committee on your financial situation and whether it is Short term, Unexpected, and Threatening your university study.


Please note you will need to log on with your @aucklanduni.ac.nz email address to apply below.

Hardship grants will re-open on Monday 27th Feb 2023

Apply for a hardship grant here

For help or more information, please contact

AUSA Welfare Vice President


If your situation falls outside the criteria or is an exceptional circumstance, we may still be able to help you. Please contact the Welfare Vice President for more information.