2014 Aspire Scholarship for Secondary School Students in New Zealand

New Zealand Ministry of Education offers Aspire Scholarships to encourage students from low income families to attend private secondary school in New Zealand. The scholarships will cover $15,000 per year for tuition fees and up to $1,500 per year for course related costs. To apply for the scholarships, students must submit their application in hard copy at the Ministry of Education National office by 26 April 2013.. The Aspire Scholarship has been designed for students from low income families who would like to attend a New Zealand private secondary school. The scholarship contributes up to $15,000 per year for private secondary school fees and up to $1,500 per year for course related costs.The scholarship can only be used at New Zealand’s fully registered private secondary schools (also known as independent schools). It cannot be used at state or state-integrated schools. Please refer to the New Zealand Private Schools list, included on the Application Form, for the list of schools that are compatible with the Aspire Scholarship. If a school is not on the list, you cannot enroll there with an Aspire Scholarship.. This scholarship is available to attend a New Zealand private secondary school.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  Scholarships are offered to study subjects offered by private schools at secondary level.
Who can apply to this scholarship? A student is eligible for a 2014 Aspire Scholarship if:
· they will be in year 9 in 2014
· their primary caregiver(s) have a joint annual gross income of $56,000 or less (not including Working for Families tax credits)
· their primary caregiver(s) have a combined net worth of $200,000 or less (not including household items)
· they, or their primary caregiver(s), are not beneficiaries of any trusts (exceptions will be made on a case by case basis)
· they are a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand
· an application is received in hard copy at the Ministry of Education National Office by 5pm on Friday 26 April 2013.
Benefits of the scholarship: An Aspire Scholarship will contribute up to $15,000 per year for tuition fees, and up to $1,500 per year for course related costs, for the duration of a student’s attendance at their chosen private school. Tuition fees include term fees, enrolment fees, application fees, and any other compulsory attendance fee that is directly related to a student’s tuition. It is the responsibility of the parents/caregivers to pay for any remaining school fees over and above the contribution from the Aspire Fund. Course related costs are any additional school items or costs related to the student’s schooling. The scholarship does not cover boarding fees. If a student chooses to board at a private boarding school, families may use their $1,500 course related costs allowance towards the costs of boarding, but are otherwise responsible for any boarding costs.
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Duration:  An Aspire Scholarship holder may keep their scholarship for the duration of their attendance at a private school(Support will be terminated if the student leaves school or transfers to a state or state-integrated school. If the student transitions directly to another private school, they will be able to keep their Aspire Scholarship if the family takes responsibility for any additional fees involved in the transition).
Number of scholarships: Not provided

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