Hardship Fund.

The Lincoln University Students’ Association (LUSA) is committed to supporting students who are undergoing unforeseen financial difficulty.


To apply to the Hardship Fund, students must be enrolled at Lincoln University. The Fund is available to both domestic and international students.

To be considered, students must prove they are experiencing an unexpected financial issue that is compromising their studies. The Hardship Fund is a last resort.

This fund cannot be used for course fees or savings for visa applications. Payments are one off and for unforeseen circumstances.

We do our best to process applications as quickly as possible however, please note, due to a high volume of applications, there is currently a two week processing time.

Hardship Fund

Application Form

Hardship Fund

Policy Document

Digital Hardship Fund

Application Form

Submitting a Digital Hardship Fund Application:
  1. Download the digital application form to your computer

  2. Open the application form and fill it out

  3. Email students@lusa.org.nz your completed form alongside the required attachments

LUSA are administering all Hardship Funds, including the Government’s recently announced Hardship Fund for Learners, so please continue to apply to us for support.

If you have any questions, get in touch or pop into LUSA.

Other Places to Get Help:

  • Contact the Consulate / Embassy or High Commission of your home country.

  • Selwyn Civil Defence: 0800 SELWYN (735 996) 

  • Assistance for emergency food, household goods/services or other welfare-type requests

  • Canterbury Civil Defence: 0800 24 24 11

  • Healthline: 0800 358 5453

  • Welfare government helpline: 0800 24 24 11

  • Accommodation: 0508 754 163

  • Financial support: 0800 779 997

  • Lincoln Chinese Church- Pastor Charles Yu: 03 3253 238, or 0276159796

  • ChCh Indian community Facebook page: www.facebook.com/christchurchindians

  • Surinder Tandon welcomes connections to his personal Face Book page www.facebook.com/surinder.a.tandon where he adds updates on items from MOH, Immigration NZ and other cultural contacts and updates


Need to talk?


Or call one of these Selwyn agencies with volunteers happy to chat:

  • Generation House Salvation Army:
    generationhouseproject.com or 03 347 0934

  • Lincoln Community Care: 03 325 2007

  • Ellesmere Community Care Organisation: 03 324 4080 or 027 524 8080

  • Malvern Ward Two Rivers Community Trust: 021 122 9317

  • Selwyn Central Community Care: 027 313 1122

Donate to the Hardship Fund:

The LUSA Hardship Fund has already supported a number of students who’ve been adversely affected by the Covid19 pandemic and are for a variety of reasons in financial difficulty as result of it. The Hardship Fund is currently funded by a small portion of the Student Services Levy that all students are required to pay when enrolling to study. Individual donations are however always welcome and will enable the Hardship Fund to continue to support students not just at this difficult time, but also going forward, with a variety of financially challenging situations that students can find themselves in whilst studying.


If you would like to make a donation, please deposit funds into the following bank account: 123153 0046089 03 with reference: HF Donation

Contact Us

P: 03 423 0578

E: info@lusa.org.nz

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