How to get help with your child’s education costs

While having a pre- or primary schooler is a busy and expensive time, we’re sorry to say the financial requirements continue well into high school with uniforms, books, stationery, devices… It’s a big list. But did you know that you can apply for assistance for the mounting costs of your child’s education with a Manchester Unity membership*?

How becoming a member of Manchester Unity will help with your child’s education costs 

Year 9 Grants

The beginning of high school is a very exciting transition, but also a very expensive one. As well as a new uniform, books, stationary, add in the ‘BYOD’ (bring-your-own-device) and you are looking at an empty wallet.

Manchester Unity offers up to 10 grants of $500 to children of members starting Year 9 the following year. Your chances are significantly higher at success (a one in ten chance!) if you apply through your membership with Manchester Unity.*

Higher Education Scholarship Awards 

The costs don’t stop at high school! Textbooks alone can cost hundreds, along with devices and huge course fees. Give your child a head start with one of Manchester Unity’s scholarship awards.

For university students and apprenticeship roles, Manchester Unity has up to four awards each year. Two Awards cover the term of a degree at $2,500 per year*. Two Awards cover the period of study at $2,000 per year. Not only do they come out of their study with a qualification, but a significantly lower student loan!


Manchester Unity have been looking after hardworking Kiwi families like yours for more than 170 years with amazing cost saving benefits – their aim is to make life more affordable.

Grants and scholarships are just one way Manchester Unity can help your family’s finances. Also available exclusively to members are their 13 beautifully maintained holiday homes. Centrally located in six of New Zealand’s most sought-after locations, you can be guaranteed an affordable, yet memorable family holiday. (Think Queenstown from as little as $460 for a week!)

Also available is Manchester Unity’s discount app. Hundreds of discounts at your fingertips! Save money at big retailers such as JB HiFi, Repco, Big Save Furniture and much more! You can even get movie tickets for $9 each!

There are so many reasons to become a member and gaining access to these incredible offers is as easy as signing up for as little as $8 a month. Find out more here

*Applicants need to have held Manchester Unity Membership for a minimum of one year before applying.

What parents say…

“Emi was one of the recipients of the MU year 9 Education grant. When we first heard that she had been awarded this grant, we were thrilled. This is the first year she has needed to provide her own device for schoolwork, and the money was gratefully received and put towards purchasing a chrome book for her studies. The remaining money was used on school shoes as this was also a necessary uniform requirement for her new school.  With four children, three at secondary school and three in uniform, the grant money was very appreciated and very timely for our family. Thank you again.”  ~ Loreena and Emi, Wellington

“Winning the Higher Education Award has made studying considerably easier for me by removing my financial stresses and allowing me to focus more on my academic studies, without their support I doubt I would have made it this far. I wholeheartedly recommend applying for this as Manchester Unity has been nothing but amazing and super helpful.”  ~ Anton, Bachelor of Science, Massey University

“Rebecca smiled and was happy but the financial side of starting a new school doesn’t bother her much-being a child she knows we just take care of it. As for me…I was excited, grateful and relieved. 2020 wasn’t a great year for us regarding income thanks to COVID. This grant made a difference, and it was especially nice (and good timing) finding out before Christmas. The grant was used for her uniform, year 9 stationery including a scientific calculator, Student ID, school camp and a bit towards her computer.” ~ Karen and Rebecca, Auckland

Sign up to WIN!  

Manchester Unity have three $96 annual Memberships to give back to Tots To Teens readers who sign up. Your Membership will help you access cheap holiday homes, give you retailer discounts and assist with your child’s education costs.

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