Studylink warns of loan delays
Students are being urged to get their loan applications sorted before the semester starts or they risk delayed payments.
People who have not yet applied for their student loans or allowances may not get payments when school begins, according to the Ministry of Social Development.
Studylink sent out 570,000 emails and used text messages, Facebook and Twitter to advise students to apply by December 16.
Associate minister Chester Borrows says over 90,000 people responded to the call, which is a 46 per cent increase on the previous year.
‘‘But as at mid-January there’s more than 60,000 students yet to apply,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s important that students understand that StudyLink is now entering its busiest time.’’
At peak times it can take over eight weeks to finalise an application, Mr Borrows says.
‘‘My message to students is simple. StudyLink is there to help you, and the sooner you get your application in, the sooner they can do that,’’ he says.
‘‘Every day students delay only makes it harder for StudyLink to get them their right entitlement on day one.’’
Get organised: It will be a diet of baked beans in 2014 for students who haven’t applied for loans or allowances.