Pūtea Tautoko Hardship Fund

Applications are now open for the University’s Pūtea Tautoko student hardship fund. The application process is via eVision. If you are experiencing temporary financial difficulty and the COVID-19 situation has compounded your current circumstances, you may qualify for assistance from Pūtea Tautoko. Applications will be considered by several panels.

Applicants are asked to supply information about their financial circumstances, declare income sources and financial assistance, and explain how COVID-19 has impacted them financially. They will also need to nominate a referee who can attest to their situation. 

The fund is open to all University of Otago students, whether they be New Zealand or international students, full-time or part-time, undergraduate, or postgraduate.

Students are eligible to apply for and receive Pūtea Tautoko funding more than once. However, you can only receive one grant/scholarship extension per semester unless exceptional circumstances are applicable. Exceptional circumstances will be determined by the appropriate assessment panel. Students who have an urgent need for financial assistance and cannot wait for their Pūtea Tautoko application to be processed and/or have a non-COVID related need can apply for the OUSA Student Support Hardship Fund.