If you’re studying part-time, you may only be able to get a Student Loan for compulsory course fees unless you can be classed as a full-time student.
How can I get classed as a full-time student?
To answer this, you first need to understand how many courses is considered part-time at Massey:
- You need to study at least four courses/papers over a whole year (that can include semester one, two and Summer school) to be classified as part-time.
- At Massey a full-time course load is at least seven courses/papers over a whole year.
Reasons you could be considered a full-time student, even if you’re studying part-time:
- studying part-time, with the support of your education provider, for one of these reasons:
- you have a medical condition
- for a reason you can’t control (eg, disability)
- it’s in your academic best interests. This means if you studied full-time, you would probably fail because of academic reasons relating to your cognitive ability. But if you studied part-time, you would most likely pass more than half of the course, or
- finishing an approved course that you’ve already started and doing enough papers so that you’re studying over half of a full-time course.
What you can get if you are considered to be a full-time student:
If you’re classed as a full-time student, you may be able to get a:
- Student Loan for:
- compulsory course fees
- course-related costs
- living costs.
- Student Allowance.
Apply to be classed as a full-time student:
The LFT application form has a section for a staff member at Massey to complete to provide advice from an academic point of view. While StudyLink will receive (in case of medical issues) information from a registered health professional, they may not be in a position to determine what impact such an issue would have in academic terms, and how much study the student can realistically undertake.
The person completing the LFT application form can be any staff member from the education provider, if you are unsure send the form to Academic Services . However, it is recommended that this is someone that knows of the student’s situation, and understands how much study they realistically could undertake given their circumstances. That person may wish to request further evidence or information from the student to help support your recommendation.
More information about LFTS:
About Limited Full-time
Criteria for Limited Full-time status
Illness of the student
Sufficient cause outside of the student’s control
Academic best interests
Completing the course of study
The education provider’s role