USA Financial Loans

You may be eligible for a private financial loan from the United States of America.

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Financial loan programmes have specific eligibility criteria. It is best to look into the programmes relevant to you to make sure you have the most up to date information.

Please apply directly with the loan provider and send requests for enrolment and fees confirmation to usaloans@canterbury.ac.nz or deliver them in person at the Student Service Centre Helpdesk on campus.

Be sure to include your UC student ID number in your message.

Private US Loans and Veterans Affairs

You can fund your study with a private loan from the US. Apply online for the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan which is certified by UC.

If you have chosen another lender who is offering a private loan for study outside the US then UC can work with them to certify the loan for you.

Once you are approved for the private loan please email usaloans@canterbury.ac.nz with a confirmation of your loan eligibility.

Once you have applied to your programme at UC and your courses have been approved, UC is able to certify your loan with your lender. It is at this stage that we are able to send you a Cost of Attendance (see below for details) which you are able to use to support your student visa application.

Your funds will be released near the beginning of your studies and will be sent directly to UC.

Once your cheque arrives from the loan provider, we will notify you to come in to counter-sign the cheque.UC will then bank the cheque which will take a few days to clear. Your loan payment will pay 100% of fees (tuition and non-tuition). Any additional funds will be ‘refunded’ to you to your nominated NZ bank account. 

Please note

  • UC cannot bank the cheque and refund you any balance until your courses have been approved.
  • Tuition fees are invoiced on an annual basis. We recommend you apply for a Sallie Mae loan each year unless you are required to prepay fees for the duration of your programme.

If you withdraw from the university or otherwise make changes to your enrolment removing your eligibility for your loans, your payment plan will be cancelled and you will be liable for any balance of fees to the university.

If you are unsure whether your eligibility will be affected by any changes to your enrolment please contact the UC USA Loan Office for clarification.

Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of your education expenses for your enrolment period.

COA segments

The University of Canterbury COA components are the same for all US loan programmes.

The COA will specify the total amount you may be eligible for minus any other aid you may be receiving for that award period. COA components include (all prices are in NZ dollars):

  • Tuition fees - Estimated fees are listed on your Offer of Place letter, alternatively you can see an estimate on our fees page
  • Student services levy -  $811 per year
  • Administration fee - $120 per year
  • Student visa $187 per year
  • Insurance
    • $620 per year - student only or
    • $1,240 per year - couples cover or
    • $1,550 per year - family cover
  • Room and board
    • $350 per week, or
    • $7,000 per semester undergraduate (20 weeks) or
    • $14,000 per full year undergraduate (40 weeks) or
    • $18,200 per 12-month period postgraduate (52 weeks)
  • Transportation 
    • $25 per week, or
    • $500 per semester undergraduate (20 weeks) or
    • $1,000 per full year undergraduate (40 weeks) or
    • $1,300 per 12-month period postgraduate (52 weeks)
  • Text and other course costs - $1,000 per year
  • Laptop allowance - $1,500 (one-off allowance)
  • Return airfares - $2,500 per year 

Exchange rate

These allowances are given in New Zealand dollars and is reviewed and updated annually based on exchange rate. For 2018 COA calculations we will use the exchange rate 0.72631 (3-month average as 29 March 2018).

UC requires you to pay all fees at enrolment or make suitable payment arrangements.

Suitable payment arrangements 

Veterans benefits cannot be accepted as a suitable payment arrangement so you are expected to have alternative funds to pay your fees at enrolment while your Veterans’ Benefit payment is in process.

Apply for US veterans benefits

Confirm your planned program of study meets the appropriate criteria by checking the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.

  1. Gain admission to UC
  2. Apply for your veterans' education benefits by submitting an application to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Your eligibility will be confirmed in the Certificate of Eligibility letter.
  3. Enrol at UC. International students need to enrol on campus at the start of the semester.
  4. Submit your Veterans Affairs issued Certificate of Eligibility to the US Financial Aid Office

Email usaloans@canterbury.ac.nz

US Federal Student Loans

The University of Canterbury is a Federal Student Loan Deferrment Only Institution as of 7 July 2014. New federal direct loans are no longer available. 

However, if you have an existing federal student loan you are able to defer loan repayments while enrolled at UC (full-time or at least half-time).