What is Fees Free?
Fees Free is a fund for first-time tertiary learners. It covers 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.)
Fees Free 2025
The Government has advised they intend to change the Fees Free policy from 2025. The details of the change are yet to be confirmed, and we'll update the Fees Free website when we have more information. Fees Free policy settings for 2024 are unchanged.
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.