The University of Otago offers entrance scholarships which can help pay for university study or residential accommodation expenses.

Opening and closing dates for scholarships vary, with many closing on 15 August. Your application must be received before 11:59pm on the relevant closing date to be considered.

Entrance scholarships are not normally available if you have studied more than 0.4 EFTS at any university or tertiary institution at degree-level or higher (one 18-point paper is roughly equivalent to 0.15 EFTS). However, this does not apply if the university papers you studied were undertaken while you were still enrolled in secondary school.

If you have not previously studied at degree-level or higher then you may apply, as long as you meet other eligibility criteria

If you are eligible for fees-free study and have accepted a place in a residential college in your first year, normally your scholarship funds will go towards accommodation fees in the first instance. Entrance scholarships cannot be used for payment or part-payment of Residential College placement, entry, deposit, activity or equivalent fees. 

If you are eligible for fees-free study and will be living in the local community (e.g. flatting, boarding) in your first year, the scholarship funds can either be paid as a contribution to general living costs in a monthly stipend or deferred and applied to your second-year tuition fees.

Further information

Entrance Scholarships