Learners must meet prior study criteria to ensure that they can get fees-free.
The prior study criteria requires that a learner must be:
- a New Zealander or ordinarily resident in New Zealand; and
- a recent secondary school leaver; or
- not a recent secondary school leaver but have undertaken less than half a year of tertiary study or training.
The following credits aren’t included in measures of prior tertiary education:
- any tertiary education undertaken while enrolled in school prior to 1 January 2019 (except for tertiary education undertaken as an adult student); and
- any tertiary courses undertaken as part of the learner's school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme on or after 1 January 2019; and
- any credits achieved as part of an industry training programme that consists of fewer than 120 credits that are reported after 1 January 2018.
All prior tertiary enrolments are considered, including:
- part-time and full-time study or training
- workplace training and apprenticeships
- New Zealand study or training that pre-dates the NZQA or NZQF
- incomplete study or training, including where a learner withdrew prior to the end of the course or programme
- study or training that received a fail grade, and
- study or training undertaken in New Zealand and overseas.
For more information, check the FAQ section here.
If you're unsure about your prior study, contact us.