It depends how long you're away for
Up to 6 months
People away from New Zealand for up to 6 months are usually considered to be New Zealand-based borrowers, and are still entitled to an interest-free student loan.
More than 6 months
People away from New Zealand for more than 6 months are charged interest on their student loan. They may be allowed a repayment holiday of up to 3 years. But interest will continue to be charged on their loan, so it’s a good idea to make voluntary repayments.
Visit the Inland Revenue website(external link) to find out:
- what you need to do before leaving
- what your repayment obligations are
- interest charges
- how to make repayments.
Or if you're already based overseas, find out what to do if you plan to return to New Zealand.