Scholarships, grants and funds

Tech Futures Lab provides a range of scholarship options for learners. There are also finance options available through the NZ Government to assist with tuition fees. Below you can find out more about all of these and how to apply.

Tech Futures Lab Scholarships, Grants and Funds

Education should be accessible to anyone who chooses to put themselves forward to learn. A karahipi (scholarship) can be that one key needed to unlock opportunity for someone to shine.

We offer full fees scholarship for those living outside of Auckland and for anyone aged over 50 years. We also offer an Impact scholarship of 50% off fees for anyone who is working to make significant impact for people, society or the environment. It’s all part of our commitment to build equitable, impactful futures that are rich in diversity and serve all New Zealanders.

Before you apply for a scholarship, we recommend you check whether you’re entitled to the NZ Government’s Fees Free scheme.

There is also a hardship fund available through the government that may be helpful if you experience an unexpected need for financial support during your learning journey.

New 2022 Scholarships

Regional Productivity Scholarship
We have full fees scholarships available for learners who reside outside the Greater Auckland region.
Taipakeke Scholarship
We have full fees scholarships available for learners who are aged 50 years and over.
Impact Scholarship
We have partial scholarships available for learners positively impacting people, society or the planet. Scholarship covers 50% of fees.

More about our 2022 scholarships

Don’t let 2022 pass by without investing in yourself with new knowledge. Check out our new & boosted scholarships (released 1 July 2022) that cover full or partial fees on any of our postgraduate programmes that start in 2022. It’s one big reason to move your future from your wishlist, to your schedule.

Accessing our scholarships

How it works:

In 2022, we have a total Scholarship Fund available to be used on any of our postgraduate programmes, across any of the scholarship types. But scholarships will only be available until that limit is met – so it pays to get in early and complete your application as soon as you can. As an example, you might not be able to join an intake until October 2022, but as long as you complete your enrolment application early and the limit of the fund has not yet been met, you can apply to receive a full fees scholarship for that October programme intake.

How to apply:

You can apply for a scholarship as part of your enrolment process, all you need to do is select the scholarship you are eligible for when it appears as part of your enrolment. Please make sure you read the Terms and Conditions below.

Within 5 days of submitting your application, we will be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application. You will then have 2 weeks to complete your programme enrolment to secure your scholarship funding.

Applying for the Impact Scholarship:

In your application you’ll need to outline the meaningful contributions you are making and could continue to make with the support of study with us, aligning this to at least one of the Impact Scholarship Criteria. Your application could be in a short video (5-10 min) with the link provided to us, or through a written submission, which you can upload or link to as part of your application. If you have any trouble with the online application, you can contact or email them your documents/video link.

2023 Scholarships

Tangata Whenua Scholarship
We will have full fees scholarships available for Māori learners. Our 2022 allocation has been exhausted.
Pacific Ako Scholarship
We will have full fees scholarships available for Pacific learners. Our 2022 allocation has been exhausted.


Studylink may be able to help pay for your study through allowances and loans, they assist in the following ways:

  • Compulsory course fees
  • Course-related costs (eg, books, laptop, etc)
  • Day-to-day living costs
  • Other costs (eg disability or childcare).

How much you can get depends on your age, income, previous study history, and course type. Learn more about how Studylink works by visiting their website.

Fees Free

Fees Free is targeted at first-time learners. You may be able to get one year’s study or two years’ training fees-free. Check if you are eligible by entering your National Student Number (NSN) on the Fees Free website. It takes less than a minute!

Hardship fund

This fund from the Ministry of Education is intended to support those who have been most impacted by Covid-19 to help keep you in study. Support is available to those who are currently enrolled in study. Hardship could include any change of circumstance such as:

  • Loss of income or any financial stress;
  • Changes in relationship status;
  • Changes in providing care for children or whānau;
  • Changes in accommodation;
  • Changes in reliable transport situation, e.g. car have broken down and currently borrowing mother-in-law’s car;
  • Changes in health.

Please note that we may require evidence supporting your situation. To make an application fill out the Hardship Fund Application Form.

Things you need to know

  • Before applying for a scholarship please check if you are eligible for Fees Free (this check takes less than a minute with your NSN – National Student Number). If you are, no need to apply for a scholarship!
  • The earlybird offer may not be used in conjunction with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab Scholarships.
  • There are only 15 full scholarships available per micro-credential programme per intake in 2022 and will be awarded on a first in first served basis.
  • The new Regional Productivity Scholarship is available from 1st July 2022. All enrolments prior to this date are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • The Taipakeke and Impact Scholarships were boosted on 1st July 2022. All enrolments prior to this date are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Scholarship applications are open only to those who are not currently receiving other financial support towards their fees.
  • You cannot receive more than one scholarship per 12 month period across both The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab.
  • Once you have applied for the scholarship you will be asked to provide some personal information to identify yourself as part of your application process. This information differs depending on which scholarship you are applying for.
  • By accepting this scholarship, you are indicating that you will, to the best of your ability, attend all required sessions for the programme you are enrolled in (both online and face-to-face). Where attendance requirements are not met and your enrolment in the programme is impacted, your scholarship may also be affected.

See our full terms and conditions here.

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