Enter your National Student Number (NSN) to find out if you can get Fees Free

Your NSN will be 9 digits or less. If the number you have is more than 9 digits and starts with 0, please remove the 0.

Enter your National Student Number (NSN) to find out if you can get fees-free study or training.

If you have an NSN, but can’t remember what it is, contact your school or provider. You can also contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) on 0800 697 296 (between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday) or by email through the NZQA website.

If you don't have a National Student Number, you'll get one when you enrol. You should check whether you meet the Fees Free eligibility criteria. If you do, you'll need to enter your NSN here to confirm your eligibility status once you have enrolled.

Fees Free 2025

The Government has announced that Fees Free for the first year of study or training will finish at the end of 2024. A final-year Fees Free scheme will replace it, starting from January 2025 with the following parameters:

  • Learners entering their final year of study or training from 1 January 2025 and who have not received first-year Fees Free may be eligible for the new final-year Fees Free scheme.
  • Eligibility will include provider- and work-based study or training at Levels 3 and above on the New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework.
  • Repayment will be made after the learner completes their qualification, with refunds starting from 2026.

We are working through transition arrangements for first-year Fees Free learners as well as detailed policy design and implementation for the final-year Fees Free scheme. Once decisions are made, we will update this information.

What is Fees Free?

Fees Free is a fund for first-time tertiary learners. It may cover fees for one year's study or two years’ work-based training – up to $12,000.

It’s paid directly to your tertiary education organisation: a university, Te Pūkenga, a private training establishment or a wānanga.

To get Fees Free, you must meet certain eligibility criteria, and your course or programme must also be eligible.

On this website you can:

  • read the Fees Free eligibility criteria for 2024 and previous years
  • use the NSN checker above to see what eligibility status we have for you
  • find out what to do if you’ve read the eligibility criteria and you think we have the wrong eligibility status for you. (You’ll be guided through this when you use the NSN checker.)

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

The TTAF ended on 31 December 2022. Study or training you did that was covered by the TTAF does not affect your eligibility or entitlement to Fees Free.

If you started using Fees Free before using the TTAF, you can still get Fees Free if you have some entitlement left.

If you’ve had fees covered by TTAF, and now wish to get Fees Free, check your eligibility status with our NSN checker above.