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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 fees-free support do I get?

Fees-free support 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 support you can receive up to $12,000 (including GST) of fees-free support 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 support you can carry forward some remaining fees-free entitlement.

If you have carryover, the total maximum fees-free support you’re allowed is 1 EFTS (120 credits) or $12,000 (including GST) – whichever you reach first. Your fees-free support 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 fees-free support do I get?

In a calendar year fees-free support 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 support you can receive up to $12,000 (including GST) of fees-free support 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 support you can carry forward some remaining fees-free entitlement.

If you have carryover, the total maximum fees-free support you’re allowed is 1 EFTS (120 credits) or $12,000 (including GST) – whichever you reach first. Your fees-free support 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 fees-free support do I get?

If you’re eligible for fees-free support, 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 support do I get?

If you’re eligible for fees-free support, 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 fees-free support do I get?

In a calendar year fees-free support 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 support you can receive up to $12,000 (including GST) of fees-free support 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.

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 fees-free support do I get?

In a calendar year fees-free support 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 support you can receive up to $12,000 (including GST) of fees-free support 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 fees-free support do I get?

If you’re eligible for fees-free support, 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 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 fees-free support do I get?

If you’re eligible for fees-free support, 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.