Scholarships and grants

MIT produces a booklet on the various grants and scholarships offered by community organisations, government departments and businesses.

We also have a number of scholarships available through MIT. These include:

Youth Guarantee Programme

Are you interested in getting a Level 3 certificate qualification?

If you meet the following criteria, you could be entitled to study for free* at the Manukau Institute of Technology as part of the government's Youth Guarantee scheme.

Are you a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident?

Potential Youth Guarantee students must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

What age do I have to be?

Potential Youth Guarantee students must be 16–19 years old at the start of their course/study.

Can I still be at school?

Youth Guarantee students must not be enrolled in school and an approved Youth Guarantee Level 1, 2, or 3 programme at the same time.

What if I've already achieved a Level 3 or higher National or New Zealand Certificate qualification?

If you have achieved a Level 3 National or Level 3 New Zealand Certificate qualification, or have already received two years of funding under Youth Guarantee, you will no longer be eligible for Youth Guarantee funding.

What programme can I enrol in?

Youth Guarantee students must enrol in an approved Youth Guarantee Level 1, 2, or 3 programme that has a minimum of 60 credits.

This programme could be full time one semester or part time over one year. Youth Guarantee students who enrol in an approved Youth Guarantee Level 1, 2, or 3 programme that has less than 60 credits must enrol in another approved Youth Guarantee Level 1, 2, or 3 programme of at least 40 credits in order to be eligible for Youth Guarantee funding.

Find the full list of eligible programmes on the Youth Guarantee page

How long will the Youth Guarantee programme be funded for?

If you're enrolled in a Youth Guarantee-approved programme, there is a two year limit on funding.

Do I need to sign anything?

Potential Youth Guarantee students will be required to sign a declaration form.

Visit the Youth Guarantee page for more information. Also, our experienced Ask Me! advisers are here to help you make the decisions that are right for you. So no matter what you're looking for, the team can guide you through the process.

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) Scholarship

Are you NZ Māori or Pasifika, 16-40 years old and want a trade qualification?

The Auckland Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) Scholarship programme is an initiative to encourage young Māori and Pasifika people to gain trade qualifications, New Zealand apprenticeships and employment.

This Scholarship entitles you to free tuition fees for the 2021 academic year, 'Navigator' support to help guide and support you into a job in the trades, and a work readiness programme that will successfully prepare you into long term employment.

What are the criteria?

To qualify for the scholarship you must*:

  • You are of New Zealand Māori ancestry and/or Pasifika ancestry, the latter being from the independent & sovereign nations of the South Pacific (including the Republic of Fiji, The Kingdom of Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Nauru, Niue and Kiribati). It also includes the atolls of Tokelau for which New Zealand is administratively and constitutionally responsible
  • It is very important that you identify as being of NZ Māori and/or Pacific descent when you apply for the programme that you wish to study in. If you do not identify as Māori or Pacific on your programme of study application form (not this form) you will need to provide evidence to support your ethnicity for the MPTT Scholarship.
  • You are aged between 16-40 years old at the start of your programme AND
  • You are a New Zealand Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen AND
  • You’re enrolled in a programme approved for Māori & Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship funding.
How much is the scholarship worth?

The value of the Scholarship can vary according to the cost of your programme of study. The MPTT Scholarship will cover your compulsory tuition fees for this academic year.

The MPTT Scholarship does not cover short courses or block courses that are attached to your programme.

MPTT Scholarship programme

All Scholarship recipients are required to adhere to the following terms and conditions:

  • Regular attendance to your classes throughout the duration of your course. We will check with your tutor/s to ensure your attendance and overall performance within your course/study remains at a high standard.
  • Attend all MPTT “Work-Readiness” Workshops/Discussions as and when required by your Navigator.
  • Maintain regular contact with your MPTT Navigator .
  • Attendance and participation in  MPTT events and projects as and when required by the MPTT Office.
  • Fully consent to MIT and/or MPTT staff informing the person I’ve nominated to act as my Recommended Support Person or Organisation and Navigator of my academic progress and overall performance when required.
When do I need to apply?

You may apply for the MPTT Scholarship at any time however, no further action will be taken until you have applied, been accepted and enrolled into your programme of study first. Late applications up to six months after you have commenced your study will be considered and will be based on your overall performance but subject to discussions with the MPTT Navigators before final approval is granted.

What is the process?
  • Ensure that you have applied for your programme of study first.
  • Check that you are eligible to apply.
  • Complete the MPTT Scholarship form online, via email or you can hand in your completed scholarship form to the Ask Me! Centre’s located in Ōtara or Manukau.
  • Remember to include all additional documentation.

The Māori & Pasifika Trades Training office at MIT will advise when you will be required to attend a discussion.

Visit the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) Scholarship page for more information.

Bed, Bath & Beyond Award MIT Award through The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust

Bed Bath & Beyond (BB&B) is proud to have been part of the South Auckland community for the past 26 years. Many local families have been involved with helping the Support Office provide outstanding service to BB&B retail outlets around the country.

Therefore, as a token of their appreciation BB&B would like to assist a woman from our community in the form of an Assistance Award. The applicant would be enrolled full-time in the first year of a three-year degree course at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Award is available to contribute towards the payment of fees.

Closing date: 29 October 2021


  1. An Award of $5000 to support full-time study for three years will be offered annually. The Award will be paid in three instalments, $1000 for the first year, then $2000 per annum for the two subsequent years of study.
  2. The Awardee must be:
    1. a woman;
    2. a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident;
    3. Enrolled full time in a three-year degree course at Manukau Institute of Technology.
  3. In making this award, the selection committee shall give consideration to:
    1. the applicant’s need for financial assistance;
    2. the applicant’s academic record as evidence of ability to complete the course;
    3. the applicant’s personal statement;
    4. any special circumstances considered relevant, e.g. family responsibilities, personal disability.
  4. This award may be held concurrently with an award of equal or higher value if the regulations for that award so permit.
  5. The first instalment of the Bed, Bath & Beyond Award shall be paid on the presentation of proof of enrolment as a full-time student at MIT. Subsequent instalments will be paid at the beginning of each year on receipt of evidence of satisfactory grades having been achieved in the previous semesters. Failure to complete two full consecutive semesters may require refund of the full value of the award and will result in the termination of the Award.
  6. The successful applicant is required to complete a brief report at the end of each semester of study.
  7. Should the candidate be eligible for Fees Free via the government policy, The KEECT approves of the first instalment of $1000 being paid directly to the student to contribute towards course-related/living costs.
  8. Each applicant for these awards must submit her application on the current prescribed application form, together with:
    1. certified copy or statutory declaration of her academic record (either from the last two years of secondary study or any previous tertiary study );
    2. certified copy of evidence of status as a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (not Driver Licence);
    3. a certified statement on the prescribed form.
    4. Submit applications
      1. by e mail attachment to
      2. Or by post to:
        Administrator, Schools and Community
        Manukau Institute of Technology
        Level 2, ND Block, MIT Ōtara,
        Private Bag 94006
        Manukau 2241

    “Certified copy” means a copy of the original, certified as true by an appropriate authority (for example, Registrar, Head of Department or Study Supervisor, or Justice of the Peace).

    A “Statutory Declaration” must be made before a Justice of the Peace or Solicitor on the appropriate form.

Closing date: 29 October 2021

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