Extramurally Yours

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata he tangata he tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world? The people, the people, the people!

Life as a student is not easy and making ends meet can be difficult at the best of times. This special edition of Extramurally Yours focuses on how to stretch your dollar and touches on some services you can seek assistance from for help.

Blown Away By Bills

The New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services inc. provides free, professional and confidential budgeting services for individuals, couples, family and whanau. You can get help with debt repayments, planning weekly expenditure or getting started with savings. With free advice over the phone or face to face, the team has over 800 advisors nationally. Make contact today!

Free call 0508 283438 or find a service in your region.

Student Assistance Program

Here at the Distance Advocacy Service we have the Student Assistance Program for temporary and unforeseen hardship.

To qualify for assistance through this grant system the costs must be:

  • Unforeseen and temporary and
  • Creating unusual or severe hardship
  • Threatening continued study at Massey University

You can apply for up to $500, however, this cannot be allocated for University fees or on-going, long term costs.

A summary of the program can be found on youtube.

Got questions or wanting to apply? Make contact with your Distance advocate to have a chat and pick up an application form. Distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz or call 0800 Massey and ask to be transferred to distance advocacy.

Money Saving Tip$$

  • Check out the Community Services Card through Work and Income New Zealand. This card gives you and your family discounts on doctor visits and prescriptions. You may be eligible if you are receiving a student allowance or Work and Income benefit. You can apply for one if you don't get a benefit and are on a low to middle income.
  • Plan your weekly meals ahead of time. In doing so, you can reduce food wastage and know what is essential in that weekly shop.
  • Avoid shopping when hungry, otherwise your stomach will dictate what you buy! Mmmm chocolate...
  • Use prepaid cellphones and avoid expensive long-term plans. That way you will only spend what you can afford.
  • Winter is coming. Now is a great time to check out what you are paying on power and if there are cheaper deals out there. Visit www.whatsmynumber.org.nz and www.powerswitch.co.nz to easily compare plans and prices.
  • Talk to your bank about whether you qualify for a special package as a student. Many banks can offer fee free accounts for students or fee exemptions on current accounts you may hold.

Email your best money saving tip to distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz by May 10th to go in the draw to win a $50 grocery voucher.

Student Job Search

Student Job Search is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping tertiary students find work while they study. Thanks to your student association, EXMSS, Student Job Search is 100% FREE for you to use.

Our job is to match tertiary students looking for work with employers who are looking for talent. We can help you find work during the semester or over the summer holidays and advertise a range of different jobs to suit your study schedule and experience.

New to SJS? Register online now to start your job hunt! www.sjs.co.nz

Check out Student Job Search on Facebook for updates on job opportunities and competitions.

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