Tertiary education fees free

From 1 January 2018, tertiary education will be fees-free for eligible first time tertiary students.

Investing in education and the future of New Zealanders is an absolute priority for the government.

Whether you are an aspiring apprentice or thinking about taking on a degree, we will invest in you.

Learner criteria for provider-based study

You need to meet these requirements for fees-free provider-based study. You must:

  1. be allowed to work and live in New Zealand permanently, or be an Australian or New Zealand resident who has lived here for at least three years; and
  2. not be enrolled in school when your qualification starts, and either:
    1. been enrolled at school in 2017 or 2018, or
    2. not have undertaken previous study or training of more than 60 credits at Level 3 or above on the NZ Qualifications Framework, except while you were at school, and
  3. enrol in an eligible qualification.

Learner criteria for industry-based training

You need to meet these requirements for fees-free industry training. You must:

  1. be allowed to work in New Zealand
  2. not be enrolled in school when your programme starts, and either:
    1. have been enrolled at school in 2017 or 2018, or
    2. not have undertaken previous study or training of more than 60 credits at Level 3 or above on the NZ Qualifications Framework, except while you were at school, and
  3. enrol in an eligible programme.

Eligible qualification and programme criteria

Your qualification or programme must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. starts in 2018
  2. funded by the Tertiary Education Commission
  3. recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  4. at Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, and
  5. for industry training only, be at least 120 credits.
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