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Financial Support

UCOL has a Hardship Fund available to students suffering an unexpected short-term financial problem, which is likely to adversely affect their study. 

You will need to provide evidence that you have exhausted all avenues of financial support, as well as a current bank statement before any financial assistance can be given.

Contact the following people to access this service:

Palmerston North
Mary Prichard - Senior Advisor Wellbeing Hub, UCOL
Room: 6-0-15
Phone: 06 952 7000 extn 70053

Manawatu Home Budgeting Service Inc.
Room 6, First Floor
Hancock Community House
77 - 85 King Street
Phone: 06 358 2279
Just Zilch (free donations of food)
248 Featherston Street
Palmerston North, 4410
Hours: Monday to Friday 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Phone: 022 597 2569
Coral Hanna - Leader Whanganui SET, UCOL
Phone: 06 965 3800 extn 60877

Laura Bradley  - Senior Student Success Advisor
Phone: 06 952 7001 extn 72320 


In addition, the Association of Students at UCOL (AS@U) can provide services including hardship support, foodbank donations, and advice on other related issues.

Spark Jump Internet access

Spark has an affordable Internet package called Spark Jump - 30GB of data with a free modem for $10. To find out more and express your interest, see Spark Jump's website.

Other support

There are a number of outside agencies and websites that assist with managing finances and providing budgeting advice, including:

Learn to tackle debt, budget and save. 

Official Government information to help you make informed choices about student finance.


UCOL offers a number of scholarships and awards, and information about scholarships offered by other organisations that you may be eligible to apply to.