Conditions – 2021

Conditions – 2021

Last updated 10 January 2022
Last updated 10 January 2022

Key changes for 2021

Please note that HAFL includes funding technology that was previously funded through the Technology Access Fund for Learners (TAFL). This is for certain circumstances where face-to-face learning is affected such as by changes in COVID-19 Alert levels or when a learner is identified to be in a community cluster, is self-isolating and unable to return to study.

To provide greater clarity for TEOs, below is a table of examples you can spend your HAFL funding on.

Use of funding


Examples of what funding can be used for 

Examples of what funding cannot be used for

Hardship Purpose

Covering learner’s essential living costs such as: food, utilities, rent, university accommodation, medical fees, transport, clothing, internet connection.

Recreational activities such as concert tickets, flight tickets, travel, alcohol, as well as Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) cost.


Covering a learner’s ancillary living costs such as: visit to unwell family member, tangihanga.

Tuition fees, compulsory course costs, compulsory student services fees, including any fee scholarships.

Covering costs incurred by family members if the learner is a main source of income in their family and has been impacted by COVID-19.

Bulk discounts, which subsidise provider-owned or provider-managed services (such as accommodation or cafeteria), without identifying and targeting individual learner needs.

Running initiatives, such as a food bank, that benefit a large group of learners who face difficulties meeting their essential living needs.

Running initiatives, such as sports, leisure or other recreational activities for a large group of learners.

Technology Access Purpose

Technology support such as internet connection, cost of refurbishing laptops for other learners to borrow.

Upgrading your Student Management System to increase your organisational capability.

Technology-related support such as keyboard and mouse for learners to borrow.

Upgrading Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, or other course management services to increase online delivery capability.


Software subscription, not otherwise covered by course fees/costs that are essential for learner to complete their programme with.

Software that facilitates the TEO’s ability to monitor the learners.

Funding conditions

The 2021 fund specific conditions for Hardship Fund for Learners are available below:

2021 Hardship Fund for Learners (PDF, 590 KB)

The HAFL funding conditions have undergone minor changes with each tranche of funding allocated throughout 2021 to reflect the process, requirements, and eligibility as appropriate. The most recent funding conditions, for reference, can be found below. The funding conditions specific to each provider’s funding will be provisioned directly to them. 

See also the 2021 Funding conditions for further information on learner eligibility:

2021 Funding Conditions for all Funds (PDF, 1.8 MB)