Extra funding is provided to cover the cost of students making 4 return trips each year between their home on Great Barrier Island, Pitt Island or Chatham Islands and their boarding school. Actual and reasonable costs of air and/or boat fares are paid. These are calculated on the cheapest appropriate public transport and are paid direct to the family at the beginning of each school term.
For students who receive the boarding allowance because they are facing multiple barriers, the school receives an additional $500 for pastoral care to help the student.
The boarding allowance may not cover all of the student’s boarding fees. The difference will need to be paid by the student’s family. The boarding allowance will continue for as long as the student is at school, or until the barriers they are facing no longer exist.
Closing dates for applications
All applications for the following school year are due by 31 October each year. Decisions are issued early December. Applications outside of this annual date may be considered, at the discretion of the Ministry of Education.