Grants & Hardship
OPSA operates a fund to assist student classes and groups with exhibition, study, recreation, social, travel, and promotional grants.
Access to funds can be obtained by your Class Representative completing a Class Grant Request Form (available from the OPSA Office) or download here: request-for-form-.pdf
Grants may be made at the discretion of the OPSA Advisory Board for any student or group who may require some financial help with a special “one-off” project or event. Any application must be made in writing to the Advisory Board, attaching all relevant information.
OPSA in conjunction with the Polytechnic, operates a Student Assistant Fund which can help students that may find themselves in unforeseen financial difficulty. Each case is individually assessed by a Committee in a confidential manner.
Any student facing a financial crisis or hardship, should first contact OPSA to discuss and evaluate the situation. We can then decide the most appropriate form of assistance available.
You can get a Hardship Application Form from the OPSA office or download here: current-SAFund-applic.form.pdf
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Completed forms should be sent to OPSA’s Student Support Advisor & Advocate.
Check with your school for any specialised scholarship funding, or you can find information with scholarships and award schemes on the BreakOut scholarship and funding information service (accessed via Dunedin Public Library, Port Chalmers, Mosgiel, Blueskin Bay, or Waikouaiti libraries).