Those planning tertiary study this year are being encouraged to apply for their student allowance or loan as soon as possible.
StudyLink general manager Wendy Beban says they anticipate an increase in the number of student applications "so it makes sense for students to get things sorted by applying now".
"You don't need to have finalised your course plans. As long as you know what institution you'll be studying at you can get your application started right now."
A new-look website and online tools have been launched to help students get all they are entitled to.
"The new What You Can Get tool determines a student's eligibility based on their particular circumstances," Mrs Beban says.
"Students just need to answer some questions and the tool will return a list of products they may be eligible for. It's very user friendly."
The website also has calculators to help students manage their finances and understand the cost of study.
As part of the application process, students set up a MyStudyLink online account that they can then use to see their application status, update contact and other details, apply for course-related costs and view their mail.
To apply visit www.studylink.govt.nz.
East And Bays Courier