AFS wants every student who decides to do an exchange to be able to. So we do our best to help with scholarships, grants, sponsorship and fundraising.

It does cost money to go on an exchange, but don’t think for a moment it isn’t doable. Money can come from a number of sources, savings, family, part time work, fundraising, gifts, scholarships and community funding to name a few.

Also check out Generosity New Zealand – this site can be accessed from public libraries and some schools. Put in your criteria and see if there is a scholarship to match.

Scholarships

Students who’ve been selected for an AFS exchange and who have paid the initial deposit may apply for scholarships. Scholarships for students departing in 2017 will close on 2 September 2016.

The following scholarships will be available for 2017 departures:

AFS Diversity Scholarship
AFS Excellence Scholarship
AFS Māori/Pasifika Scholarship
Friends of AFS
AFS Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
AFS Chapter Scholarships
South Auckland Counties Chapter Scholarship

Business Sponsors
AFS is in partnership with a variety of business organisations within NZ and Australia that offer scholarships to students and employees of those businesses. For more information, please click on the links below:

General Non AFS Scholarships:

Competitions:
The Ministry of Education has a page that details all the competitions students can enter. So if you’re a motivated student looking for other possible ways to use your skills to raise funds, click here.

Are you a skilled writer?
Writing competitions
Knights of the Southern Cross Catholic writing competition

Fundraising

AFS works with the Entertainment Book to assist students to raise money. AFS takes no funds from this activity.

Entertainment Book have made it possible for students to keep no stock and with a simple code allow friends and family across the county to raise money for their AFS exchange.

AFS has also put together a fundraising booklet students can request.

To find out more about either entertainment book or the fundraising booklet please email Hedi hedi.mueller@afs.org

Grants

Grants are offered by AFS as a last resort, for those with limited fundraising opportunities. Grants are allocated on the basis of financial need and decisions are made regarding these, after scholarships have been awarded.

If you’d like to apply for a grant, your parents or guardians need to complete an application form which can be requested about three months before your departure date by emailing nzl.scholarships@afs.org.

For exchanges departing between January – March 2016 the deadline is 18 December 2015.

Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards

The Ministry of Education offered up to 15 fully funded Language Immersion Awards (LIA) for travel in 2016 to New Zealand secondary school students who study the following languages.

  • Chinese
  • Cook Island Māori
  • French
  • Gagana Samoa
  • Gagana Tokelau
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Tongan
  • Vagahau Niue

 

Applications for these awards closed in May 2015. For more information email Prue prue.elwood@afs.org

Studylink Student Allowance

Students going on high school exchange programmes and who turn 18 at any stage during their exchange are eligible to apply for a Student Allowance from Studylink. This is a means tested allowance (on joint natural-parent  incomes) that is independent of a Student Loan. The forms are available on Studylink’s website and must be sent to AFS for our confirmation stamp before they can be accepted by Studylink.   Proof of natural-parent income will be required to complete the process.

AFS students are not eligible for a Student Loan for their overseas study time, meaning they cannot apply for tuition fees, Course Related Costs or the weekly Living Costs while they are away with AFS.

Instead, an AFS student may be able to get the means-tested Student Allowance (or some portion of it) from the date they turn 18 if their natural family pass the means test. This allowance is not related to a Student Loan.

A call to the Studylink helpline to get  first hand advice, check eligibility, or discuss other sources of funding is worthwhile.
Have more questions?
Text Sending Coordinator Rhiannon on 022 639 0560, or email rhiannon.robinson@afs.org, or call 0800 600 300 🙂