Otago Polytechnic


We offer a variety of scholarships to assist students in many study areas. 


With the introduction of the Fees Free scheme, your first year of tertiary study is covered by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Unfortunately, this means we are now unable to put any awarded scholarships towards 2018 tuition fees. However, we do have alternative options for those that are awarded a scholarship. 

The options available are:

For students who are unable to defer their scholarship a third alternative option is offered: 

  • use your scholarship for course-related costs up to a maximum of $2,000 including GST paid by reimbursement on production of invoices. 

Those who can't defer their scholarship will be those who have a three year full fees scholarship or those that are studying a one year programme. The third option is only available to those students. 

What happens next?

We are sending a communication to all our scholarship recipients as soon as we can letting you know about this situation and asking you to email your preference to customerservices@op.ac.nz by 28 February, 2018.

Please note

  • Any income that you receive while on a student allowance must be reported to StudyLink.
  • If you choose the accommodation option, please be aware that StudyLink will view this as income and it may impact on your student allowance.
  • You will need to advise StudyLink that you are going to use your 2018 scholarship for accommodation in our Student Village. 
  • For help and guidance with this, please either contact the Otago Polytechnic Student Association (OPSA) www.opsa.org.nz or contact StudyLink directly www.studylink.govt.nz or 0800 889 900

If you have any questions about any of the above, please email customerservices@op.ac.nz or phone 0800 762 786.

We understand that studying can be expensive and can create a barrier for some learners. Our range of scholarships give you the opportunity to undertake the learning journey you want to – no matter what your situation.


Fees Free

With the introduction of the Government’s Fees Free scheme, some of your tertiary study may be covered by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) if you meet the criteria. For eligible Fees Free students who don’t need to use their scholarship for fees, we have alternative options available.