I'm about to start a rant so click back if you can't be bothered! Why is it that in NZ you seem to need a certain amount of money behind you to do anything? I had an interview at the Broadcasting School and to cut a long story short, they will accept me in three short courses that will only have 5 or 6 people in each. To say the least I was rapped about it cause I need to complete these courses to qualify for the Diploma full time course starting next year. The problems started when I contacted WINZ (Work and Income New Zealand) who now control all the student loans and benefits. The upshot of it all is, they won't give me a $1800 loan to do these courses. But if I manage to get in the full time course (impossible without doing the short courses) I will be entitled to a married persons student benefit which is a grand total of $257 a week! Also I could get another $19 for accomodation. My point is, is that if I went on a unemployment benefit I would get $320 and then accomodation on top to bring it up to around $360. Its almost like you are penalised for wanting to better yourself! I would be spending more money on a course than if I was sitting on the dole but the money makes it look like its the other way around! WINZ then also said thats only if I'm over 25 (I am) because under 25's get means tested based on their parents income! Thats rubbish as well, how many 25 year olds want to have to rely on their parents? And what about the cases of people who don't get on with their parents? I shifted out of home at 17 and supported myself through the last years of school, I know at 25 I wouldn't have got a red cent out of my parents! I can now see why so many students get upset with the current system. Well that was the rant, anyone else have similar stories to tell? Or a spare $1800 to fritter away?