Is my course or programme eligible for Fees Free?

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 S556 of the Education and Training Act 2020 for tertiary provision that is part of a qualification or training scheme on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) at level 3 or above, and
  2. not be part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

To be eligible for Fees Free, an industry training programme must:

  1. be funded through the industry training fund (ITF); and
  2. be at NZQF level 3 or above; and
  3. be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA); and
  4. comprise of at least 120 credits; and
  5. 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 or programme eligibility.

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