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Service changes and updates IR offices, myIR and phone lines (SPK2IR) are unavailable until the morning of Thursday 28 October for planned system maintenance. Find out more

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) You will not be able to apply for the RSP in myIR until the morning of Thursday 28 October. Businesses affected by the alert level increase that started on 17 August can apply in myIR from 28 October. Applications for a 4th payment round are planned to open on 29 October. Find out more

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) The government has announced an increase to the amount and frequency of the RSP from 12 November. Find out more

When someone with a student loan travels overseas for more than six months they are charged interest. If your organisation obtains approval under the Student Loan Scheme Act 2011, someone who works for you overseas can apply to keep their student loan interest free.

To apply for this, the work they do must be:

  • as a volunteer, or for token payment
  • for no more than 24 months.

Their work must be to either:

  • relieve poverty, hunger, sickness, or the impacts of war or natural disaster
  • improve the economy or raise educational standards in a country that is on the OECD list of countries receiving development assistance.

Volunteering overseas when I have a student loan

Working for a charity overseas when you have a student loan

Approved charitable organisations

We keep a list of approved charitable organisations whose volunteers may be exempted from interest on their student loans. If you want to be added to this list you must:

  • have been established for charitable purposes
  • be undertaking charitable activities.
Last updated: 28 Apr 2021
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