Important Information for U.S. Federal Aid Students

Once Massey University has received all the necessary application information, we will assess your eligibility, and prepare an Award Letter that outlines the cost of attendance and calculates the maximum amount that you can borrow for each of the loan types for which you are eligible to borrow.

When you receive your Award Letter you will be asked to specify how much you wish to borrow and to sign your agreement. You will need to familiarise yourself with Massey's policies relating to administration of US Financial Aid.

Your Award Letter can be used as evidence of your ability to pay fees, and if you are a new student you can request a confirmation of place at Massey University from the Admissions Team on the basis of your award letter. As long as you are borrowing sufficient loan funds to meet your tuition costs, you will not be required to make payment in advance.

Sometimes Immigration New Zealand will accept the award letter as evidence of sufficient funds for visa purposes, however this is at their discretion and is not guaranteed.

Illicit Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Information on Illicit drug and alcohol abuse in Massey and New Zealand can be found on the following web sites:

Cohort Default Rate

Massey University’s official 3-year cohort default rate for the 2013 fiscal year is 10.5.

Average U.S. Federal Aid loan debt statistics at Massey University

Student debt table

Anticipated disbursement time frames during 2018

You will be asked to confirm your eligibility and requirement for each disbursement via email prior to each disbursement. Failure to do so will mean your disbursement is delayed to the next disbursement date.


  Disbursement 1

Disbursement 2

Disbursement 3

Disbursement 4

Email sent from Massey to advise of upcoming disbursement

  6 March

1 May

24 July

11 September

Student to confirm disbursement required

  12 March

7 May

30 July

17 September

Disbursement advised to Dept of Education

  15 March

10 May

2 August

20 September

Disbursement requested from US (Treasury)

  16 March

11 May

3 August

21 September

Disbursement date

  22 March

17 May

9 August

27 September

Refund of living allowance (available in student bank)

  26 March

21 May

13 August

1 October

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