Important information about fees-free support

From January 1, 2018 all students who are new to tertiary education, or returning students, who have not enrolled in more than half a year of full time study, may be eligible for fees-free support.

If you are planning to study at level 3 and above, you may be eligible for fees free support if:

  • you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident,
  • you no longer attend secondary school, 
  • you have not previously enrolled in more than 60 credits at level 3 and above.

Are you eligible?

Go to www.feesfree.govt.nz to check if you are eligible for fees-free support.

You will need to input your National Student Number (NSN).

If you do not know your (NSN), you can contact your school, or the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) on 0800 697 296 (between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday) or by email through the NZQA website.


What does fees-free support cover?

The support covers tuition fees, associated mandatory fees and compulsory student services fees, up to a value of $12,000 for one year of full time study. Payment of fees-free support is made directly to the Tertiary Provider.


Will I use up my fees-free support if my Te Wānanga o Aotearoa programme is free?

Yes. If you do not early withdraw from your programme, you will be using up some, or all of your entitlement.

Many of our programmes have no fees. If you use your fees-free entitlement this year, you could still enrol in another free programme in the future. 

If you use your fees-free entitlement this year and enrol in a programme in the future that has a fee, you will need to pay, or get a student loan.


What if I have already paid my fees and then find out that I am eligible for fees-free support?

If you have paid your fees, or StudyLink have paid the fees, then we find out that you are eligible for fees-free support, we will refund your fees to the source of the payment.


If you have any further questions you will find the answers at www.feesfree.govt.nz.

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