Commonwealth scholarship student

Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.

Eligibility

Students who are studying in New Zealand under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, funded by a New Zealand university, are eligible for publicly funded health and disability services. 

Criteria: B14, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.

Students who are studying in New Zealand under a Commonwealth Scholarship, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the New Zealand Aid Programme, are eligible for publicly funded health and disability services. Find our more about student eligibility.

Criteria: B13 and B14, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.

Proof of eligibility

Students:

You will need to show your health service provider:

  • your valid passport with a student permit and
  • documents that indicate that you are studying in New Zealand on the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan or
  • a letter of scholarship offer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, signed by you.

Family members:

Partners and children of students studying under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, funded by a New Zealand university, are not eligible unless they meet the eligibility criteria in their own right.

If you don't know if a partner or child is eligible for publicly funded health and disability services, use this guide to check if they are.

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