I’m starting study/training in 2025. Can I get my final year covered?

The detailed eligibility criteria for the final-year Fees Free policy has not yet been determined. However, we know that:

  • Learners entering their final year of study or training from 1 January 2025 and who have not received first-year Fees Free may be eligible for the new final-year Fees Free scheme.
  • Eligibility will include provider- and work-based study or training at Levels 3 and above on the New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework.
  • Repayment will be made after the learner completes their qualification, with refunds starting from 2026.

Once decisions are made about the eligibility criteria, we will update this information.

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