Otago Polytechnic

Many staff likely will have heard about the Hardship Fund for Learners (HAFL), which provides temporary financial assistance for currently enrolled tertiary learners who are facing hardship from the impacts of COVID- 19.   

What staff may be less aware of is the fact that, of the around $200k allocated to OPless than half has been distributed,” says Chris Morland, Deputy Chief Executive Learner Experience. 

So please ensure your students know of this hardship fund, which can be accessed by application through OPSA, in the Hub. 

The purpose of the Hardship Fund for Learners (HAFL) is to provide temporary financial assistance for currently enrolled tertiary learners who are facing hardship from the impacts of COVID- 19Hardship means any suffering, deprivation or financial challenge faced by a learner due to COVID-19 that is interfering with a learner’s ability to progress with their study. 

The funding must only be used:  

(a)for costs incurred from 23 March 2020, and during the Funding Period; and  

(b)to support learners facing hardship by: 

1.providing direct cash payments; and/or 

2.directly purchasing resources on learners’ behalf, where suitable.  

The Technology Assistance Fund for Learners is also available. So if you have learners who are struggling, help them make contact with the team at Student Success. 

OP Chief Executive Megan Gibbons, along with a number of our board members, have donated part of their OP income (in line with State Services Commission recommendations) to the student hardship fund for 2021 in an effort to help learners and their whanau.


Published on 4 Aug 2020

Orderdate: 4 Aug 2020
Expiry: 4 Aug 2022