University Staff Giving Circle and AUSA Child Care Grant

The aim of the grant is to assist student parents who face financial constraints in relation to childcare so that they may be able to continue and excel at their studies. The grant will support up to two student parents per semester. Grants may be extended to cover a full year if reporting requirements are fulfilled.

The selected recipient/s will have their Early Childcare Education (ECE) fees topped up (or paid for entirely if ineligible for the government subsidy) at a child care centre of their choosing during class time. The grant may also provide contributions to transport costs to help student parents get to university at the discretion of the donors.

The scholarship funds are provided by a giving circle initiated by women University of Auckland staff with the aim of assisting student parents financially and ensuring study is not inhibited due to child care responsibilities.


To apply, you must be a University of Auckland student in 2017 and have a child/in a formal child care facility (or PORSE). Applicants must also be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

To apply for this grant, please fill in ALL details on the form provided and attach/upload ALL relevant documents. Extra detail is always preferable and missing information will delay your application.

This can either be filled in online or in hardcopy. If you are handing in a hardcopy form, please return it to AUSA reception on 4 Alfred St. Applications will be processed in the two weeks following the application deadline and applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Please note that confidentiality of the applicant is always honoured.

The selected recipient/s will have their ECE fees paid directly to one of the University of Auckland’s six ECE centres in Epsom, Grafton, or the City or, in exceptional circumstances, to a location in the recipient’s home community. The selected recipient/s will also be required to update the giving circle and/or AUSA at regular intervals while receiving the grant.

Childcare grants close Monday 5th March.

Other services

AUSA has other forms of welfare that you may be eligible for:

  • Foodbank: Each student is eligible to collect up to three food parcels a semester from AUSA reception at 4 Alfred st. If you have dependents, please contact and the welfare team will provide a family sized parcel.
  • Hardship grant: AUSA provides hardship grants of up to $250 or $400 for those with dependents per semester. Either apply online through under “support” or pick up an application form from AUSA reception at 4 Alfred st.
  • Textbook grant: This is available at the beginning of each semester for students struggling to cover the costs of textbooks. The form can be found online at under “support.”
  • Parent Spaces: AUSA runs a parent spaces in the City Campus in Old Choral Hall Building 104, Room G17. It is open 8.30am – 4.00pm. It includes a study desk, lounge, toys, and books.
  • Student Advice Hub: The AUSA Student Advice Hub offers free support, advice and information to all students. The hub provides a range of free advocacy for tenancy, employment, academic and other issues. Contact to get in touch.

If you have any queries, about this grant or any of our other services, please contact the Welfare-Vice-President on

Child Care Grant Application Form

Personal Details

Demographic Information

AUSA acknowledges and respects the privacy of individuals. AUSA Advocacy collects, stores, uses, updates, discloses and disposes of all personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993.

Living and Employment Details

Partner's Employment and Study Details

Please fill this in as a joint budget if both you and your spouse/partner are supporting your child/ren

Income Details

Expense Details

Balance Details

Child Care Details

Situation Details

Supporting Documentation

I declare that all information provided by me is true and correct and that no relevant information has been withheld.

I understand that if I have not provided the correct documentation or information to support my application it will not be processed.

I understand that all of the information and documentation I have provided in this application will remain completely confidential to the AUSA Welfare Committee, except for demographic information which may be used and published for statistical purposes.

I understand that the decision of the AUSA Welfare Committee is final.