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This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting provider-based study in the 2018 calendar year and have been enrolled in a school in or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free study at an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, university or wānanga, you must:

  1. be one of the following:
    1. a New Zealand citizen, or
    2. ordinarily resident in New Zealand and either:
      1. have been living in New Zealand for at least three years while holding a residence class visa, or
      2. a refugee or protected person, or
      3. sponsored into New Zealand by someone in your family who, at the time of sponsorship, was a refugee or protected person, and
  2. not be concurrently enrolled in a school at the start date of the course or programme.

Course criteria

To be eligible for fees-free, a course must start in 2018 and be:

  • funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC)
  • recognised by either the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or Universities New Zealand, and
  • at level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your course eligibility.

How much do I get?

Fees-free entitlement is capped at $12,000 (including GST) per learner.

There is no equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or credit cap in a calendar year. If you’re eligible for fees-free you can receive up to $12,000 (including GST) for any eligible provider-based study you do in a calendar year.

If, at the end of a calendar year, you have used less than 1 EFTS (120 credits) and used less than $12,000 (including GST) of fees-free entitlement you can carry forward some remaining fees-free entitlement.

If you have carryover, the total maximum fees-free entitlement you’re allowed is 1 EFTS (120 credits) or $12,000 (including GST) – whichever you reach first. Your fees-free entitlement will stop when you reach either 1 EFTS or $12,000 (including GST).

What do I have to do next?

Check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting provider-based study in the 2018 calendar year and haven’t been enrolled in a school in or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free study at an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, university or wānanga, you must:

  1. be one of the following:
    1. a New Zealand citizen, or
    2. ordinarily resident in New Zealand and either:
      1. have been living in New Zealand for at least three years while holding a residence class visa, or
      2. a refugee or protected person, or
      3. sponsored into New Zealand by someone in your family who, at the time of sponsorship, was a refugee or protected person.
  2. not be concurrently enrolled in a school at the start date of the course or programme, and
  3. have either not undertaken more than half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education (0.5 EFTS or 60 credits) at level 3 or above on the NZQF.
    1. This includes tertiary education at an equivalent level undertaken in any other country.
    2. This doesn’t include any tertiary education undertaken while enrolled in a school.

Course criteria

To be eligible for fees-free, a course must start in 2018 and be:

  • funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC)
  • recognised by either the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or Universities New Zealand, and
  • at level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your course eligibility.

How much do I get?

In a calendar year fees-free entitlement is capped at $12,000 (including GST) per learner

There is no equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or credit cap. If you’re eligible for fees-free you can receive up to $12,000 (including GST) of fees-free for any eligible provider-based study you do in a calendar year.

If, at the end of a calendar year, you have used less than 1 EFTS (120 credits) and used less than $12,000 (including GST) of fees-free entitlement you can carry forward some remaining fees-free entitlement.

If you have carryover, the total maximum fees-free entitlement you’re allowed is 1 EFTS (120 credits) or $12,000 (including GST) – whichever you reach first. Your fees-free entitlement will stop when you reach either 1 EFTS or $12,000 (including GST).

What do I have to do next?

Check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting industry training in the 2018 calendar year and have been enrolled in a school in or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free industry training, you must:

  1. not be concurrently enrolled in a school at the start date of the programme, and
  2. have been enrolled in a school at any time during 2017 or 2018 (all 2017 or 2018 school leavers are eligible for fees-free regardless of any prior tertiary study undertaken).

Programme criteria

To be eligible for fees-free, a programme must start in 2018 and be:

  • on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework at level 3 or above
  • approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and
  • comprise at least 120 credits (this includes all New Zealand Apprenticeships).

Contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your programme eligibility.

How much do I get?

If you’re eligible for fees-free, your fees will be paid for the first 24 months of an eligible training programme.

What do I have to do next?

Check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting industry training in the 2018 calendar year and haven’t been enrolled in a school in or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free industry training, you must:

  1. not be concurrently enrolled in a school at the start date of the programme, and
  2. have not undertaken more than half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education (0.5 EFTS or 60 credits) at level 3 or above on the NZQF.
    1. This includes tertiary education at an equivalent level undertaken in any other country.
    2. This doesn’t include any tertiary education undertaken while enrolled in a school.

Programme criteria

To be eligible for fees-free, a programme must start in 2018 and be:

  • on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework at level 3 or above
  • approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and
  • comprise at least 120 credits (this includes all New Zealand Apprenticeships).

Contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your programme eligibility.

How much fees-free do I get?

If you’re eligible for fees-free, your fees will be paid for the first 24 months of an eligible training programme.

What do I have to do next?

Check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting provider-based study in the 2019 calendar year and have been enrolled in a school in or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free study at an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, university or wānanga, you must be one of the following:

  1. a New Zealand citizen, or
  2. ordinarily resident in New Zealand and:
    1. have been living in New Zealand for at least three years while holding a residence class visa, or
    2. a refugee or protected person, or
    3. sponsored into New Zealand by someone in your family who, at the time of sponsorship, was a refugee or protected person.

You must also have been enrolled in a school in or after 2017, other than as an adult student.

Course criteria

To be eligible for fees-free, a course must be:

  • funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC)
  • recognised by either the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or Universities New Zealand, and
  • at Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your course eligibility.

How much do I get?

In a calendar year fees-free entitlement is capped at $12,000 (including GST) per learner

There is no equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or credit cap. If you’re eligible for fees-free you can receive up to $12,000 (including GST) of fees-free for any eligible study you do in a calendar year.

Carryover settings for 2020 will be confirmed later in 2019. We’ll update this information as soon as these settings are confirmed.

What do I have to do next?

Check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting provider-based study in the 2019 calendar year and haven’t been enrolled in a school in or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free study at an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, university or wānanga, you must be one of the following:

  1. a New Zealand citizen, or
  2. ordinarily resident in New Zealand and:
    1. have been living in New Zealand for at least three years while holding a residence class visa, or
    2. a refugee or protected person, or
    3. sponsored into New Zealand by someone in your family who, at the time of sponsorship, was a refugee or protected person.

You must also have not undertaken more than half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education (0.5 equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or 60 credits) at level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), including tertiary education at an equivalent level undertaken in any country.

  1. This doesn’t include any tertiary education undertaken while enrolled in school prior to 1 January 2019.
  2. This doesn’t include any tertiary courses undertaken as part of your school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme on or after 1 January 2019.
  3. This doesn’t include any credits reported as part of any industry training programme that consists of fewer than 120 credits that are reported after 1 January 2018.

Course criteria

To be eligible for fees-free, a course must be:

  • funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC)
  • recognised by either the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or Universities New Zealand, and
  • at Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your course eligibility.

How much do I get?

In a calendar year fees-free entitlement is capped at $12,000 (including GST) per learner

There is no equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or credit cap. If you’re eligible for fees-free you can receive up to $12,000 (including GST) of fees-free entitlement for any eligible study you do in a calendar year.

Carryover settings for 2020 will be confirmed later in 2019. We’ll update this information as soon as these settings are confirmed.

What do I have to do next?

Check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting industry training in the 2019 calendar year and have been enrolled in a school in or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free industry training, you must:

  1. be legally entitled to live and work in New Zealand, and
  2. have been enrolled in a school in or after 2017, other than as an adult student.

Programme criteria

To be eligible for fees-free, a programme must be:

  1. at New Zealand Qualifications Framework level 3 or above
  2. approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  3. comprised of at least 120 credits (which includes all New Zealand Apprenticeships), and
  4. not part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

Contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your programme eligibility.

How much do I get?

If you’re eligible for fees-free, your fees will be paid for the first 24 months of an eligible training programme (up to the value of $12,000 across both years).

What do I have to do next?

Check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting industry training in the 2019 calendar year and haven’t been enrolled in a school in or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free industry training, you must:

  1. be legally entitled to live and work in New Zealand, and
  2. have not undertaken more than half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education (0.5 equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or 60 credits) at level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), including tertiary education at an equivalent level undertaken in any country.
    1. This doesn’t include any tertiary education undertaken while enrolled in school prior to 1 January 2019.
    2. This doesn’t include any tertiary courses undertaken as part of your school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme on or after 1 January 2019.
    3. This doesn’t include any credits reported as part of any industry training programme that consists of fewer than 120 credits that are reported after 1 January 2018.

Programme criteria

To be eligible for fees-free, a programme must start in 2019 and be:

  1. at New Zealand Qualifications Framework level 3 or above
  2. approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  3. comprised of at least 120 credits (which includes all New Zealand Apprenticeships), and
  4. not part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

Contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your programme eligibility.

How much do I get?

If you’re eligible for fees-free, your fees will be paid for the first 24 months of an eligible training programme (up to the value of $12,000 across both years).

What do I have to do next?

Check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting provider-based study in the 2020 calendar year and have been enrolled in a school in, or after, 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free study provider-based study, you must be one of the following:

  1. a New Zealand citizen, or
  2. ordinarily resident in New Zealand and:
    1. have been living in New Zealand for at least three years while holding a residence class visa, or
    2. a refugee or protected person, or
    3. sponsored into New Zealand by someone in your family who, at the time of sponsorship, was a refugee or protected person.

You must also have been enrolled in a school in or after 2017, other than as an adult student.

Course criteria

To be eligible for fees-free, a course must be:

  1. funded by the Tertiary Education Commission from either:
    1. the Student Achievement Component level 3 and above fund, or
    2. grants under s321 of the Education Act 1989 for tertiary provision that is part of a qualification or training scheme on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZFQ) at level 3 or above, or
    3. the Youth Guarantee fund and leads to the award of a qualification on the NZQF at level 3 or above, and
  2. not part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

Contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your course eligibility.

How much do I get?

In your first calendar year of study:

This means that, if you’re eligible for Fees Free, you can receive up to $12,000 of Fees Free for any eligible study you do in your first calendar year of study.

If, in your first calendar year of study, you undertake less than 120 credits (1 EFTS) and use less than $12,000 you can carryover your remaining fees-free entitlement into future years.

What do I have to do next?

Check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting industry training in the 2020 calendar year and have been enrolled in a school in or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for Fees Free industry training, you must:

  1. be legally entitled to reside and work in New Zealand, and
  2. have been enrolled in a school in, or after 2017, other than as an adult student.

Programme criteria

To be eligible for Fees Free, a programme must:

  1. be at New Zealand Qualifications Framework level 3 or above, and
  2. be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and
  3. comprise of at least 120 credits (which includes all New Zealand Apprenticeships), and
  4. not be part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme

Please contact your industry training organisation if you’re not sure about your programme eligibility.

How much do I get?

If you’re eligible for Fees Free, your fees will be paid for the first 24 months of an eligible industry training programme (up to the value of $12,000 across both years).

What do I have to do next?

Please check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting industry training in the 2020 calendar year and haven’t been enrolled in a school in, or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for Fees Free industry training, you must:

  1. be legally entitled to reside and work in New Zealand, and
  2. not have undertaken more than half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education (0.5 equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or 60 credits) at level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), including at an equivalent level undertaken in any country.
    1. This doesn’t include any tertiary education undertaken while enrolled in school prior to 1 January 2019 (except for tertiary education undertaken as an adult student.)
    2. This doesn’t include any tertiary courses undertaken as part of your school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme on or after 1 January 2019.
    3. This doesn’t include any credits achieved as part of any industry training programme that consists of fewer than 120 credits that are reported after 1 January 2018.

If you have questions about your eligibility, including prior study or training, please contact us at 0800 687 775 or [email protected].

Programme criteria

To be eligible for Fees Free, a programme must:

  1. be at NZQF level 3 or above, and
  2. be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and
  3. comprise of at least 120 credits (which includes all New Zealand Apprenticeships), and
  4. not be part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

Please contact your industry training organisation if you’re not sure about your programme eligibility.

How much do I get?

If you are eligible for Fees Free, your fees will be paid for the first 24 months of an eligible industry training programme (up to the value of $12,000 across both years).

What do I have to do next?

Please check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.

This eligibility criteria applies to learners who are starting provider-based study in the 2020 calendar year and haven’t been enrolled in a school in, or after 2017.

Learner criteria

To be eligible for fees-free provider-based study, you must be one of the following:

  1. a New Zealand citizen, or
  2. ordinarily resident in New Zealand and:
    1. have been living in New Zealand for at least 3 years while holding a residence class visa, or
    2. a refugee or protected person, or
    3. sponsored into New Zealand by someone in their family who, at the time of sponsorship, was a refugee or protected person.

You must also have not undertaken more than half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education (0.5 equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or 60 credits) at level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), including tertiary education at an equivalent level undertaken in any country.

The following study doesn’t count as prior study:

  1. Tertiary education undertaken while enrolled in school prior to 1 January 2019 (except for tertiary education undertaken as an adult student).
  2. Tertiary courses undertaken as part of your school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme on or after 1 January 2019.
  3. Credits achieved as part of any industry training programme that consists of fewer than 120 credits that are reported after 1 January 2018.

If you have questions about your eligibility, including prior study or training, please contact us at 0800 687 775 or [email protected].

Course criteria

To be eligible for Fees Free, a course must:

  1. be funded by the Tertiary Education Commission from either:
    1. the Student Achievement Component level 3 and above fund, or
    2. grants under s321 of the Education Act 1989 for tertiary provision that is part of a qualification or training scheme on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) at level 3 or above, or
    3. the Youth Guarantee fund and leads to the award of a qualification on the NZQF at level 3 or above, and
  2. not be part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

Please contact your tertiary education organisation if you’re not sure about your course eligibility.

How much do I get?

In your first calendar year of study:

This means that, if you’re eligible for Fees Free, you can receive up to $12,000 of Fees Free for any eligible study you do in your first calendar year of study.

If, in your first calendar year of study, you undertake less than 120 credits (1 EFTS) and use less than $12,000 you can carryover your remaining fees-free entitlement into future years.

What do I have to do next?

Please check your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re eligible! You can do this on the homepage.