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Financial Support

Hardship Fund

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

Rebekah O’Donoghue - Student Advocacy & Welfare Coordinator
Phone 06 952 7000 ext. 70066

Reggie Boult - Student Life Coordinator
Phone 06 952 7000 ext. 70461


Coral Hanna -Student Success Senior Manager (Whanganui)
Phone: 06 965 3800 ext. 60793

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

Skinny Jump Internet access

Skinny has an affordable Internet package called Skinny Jump - 30GB of data with a free modem for $5. To find out more and express your interest, see Skinny 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.