Paying back your student loan
Repayments on your student loan depend on how much you earn and whether you are based in New Zealand or living overseas.
Information for tertiary education students if you’re affected by COVID-19.
Register with myIR
Register for Inland Revenue’s online services to:
- see your student loan balance
- set up and track repayments
- add a nominated person or alternative contact
- use online calculators.
You must make repayments if you’re in New Zealand and earning over a certain amount, or if you’re overseas.
The Inland Revenue (IR) website has information about:
- what counts as income
- repayment options if you’re employed or self-employed
- using the correct tax code
- managing payments to avoid penalties
- financial hardship.
If you travel or live overseas, there is information on:
- repayment options
- interest rates on your loan
- keeping your loan interest free
- temporary repayment suspensions
- nominate someone to manage your loan.
Get an estimate of when you will pay off your loan and see how extra repayments might help you pay it off faster.
Deductions and exemptions
If you’re employed, check if you’re eligible for an exemption or a special repayment rate.
If you earn variable amounts over the year but less than the annual threshold amount, check if you’re eligible for a deduction exemption.
If you have more than 1 job or receive a government payment or use certain tax codes, check if you’re eligible for a special deduction rate.
Extra or over payments
Find out about making extra repayments on top of your regular payments to IR, paying your loan off in full and what you can do if you have overpaid your loan and are due a refund.
Find out your options if you’re having problems making repayments and what happens if you do not make compulsory repayments.
Travelling or living overseas
You still have to make payments on your student loan when you’re overseas.
Check the IR website for how long you can be out of the country for before you start being charged interest on your loan.
Estimate when interest will be charged
You can use the overseas travel calculator in the student loan section of myIR to calculate when you will be charged interest for the time you’re away from New Zealand.
Keeping your student loan interest free
There are some situations in which you can keep your loan interest free while overseas. It may depend on your destination country, if you’re studying or volunteering, or have unexpected travel.
Check the IR website for the criteria and how to apply.
Make payments from overseas
If you are registered with IR and have set up a myIR account, you can make a payment from overseas.
Apply for a temporary repayment suspension
You can take a break from repaying your student loan for a limited time while you travel overseas. Interest is still added to the loan.
Check with IR before travelling overseas if you’re eligible to apply for a temporary repayment suspension.
You can apply for a suspension using your myIR account.
Unexpected travel delays
If your travel away from or back into NZ is delayed, check with IR about your tax status and when interest rates apply on your loan.