A provider is any one of the following: an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, university, or wānanga.

Provider-based study

Provider-based study is done through any one of the following: an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, university, or wānanga.


Refugee or protected person

According to Immigration New Zealand, broadly speaking a refugee is a person who:

  • is outside of his or her home country or country of habitual residence
  • faces a real chance of being harmed if returned to that country
  • faces harm that is a sustained or systemic breach of a fundamental human right
  • faces harm for reasons of who the person is, or what they believe. The reasons may be race (or ethnicity), religion, political opinion, nationality or membership of a particular social group (such as family status, gender, or sexual orientation or identity,. and
  • needs and deserves protection in New Zealand.

A protected person is a person for whom there are substantial grounds for believing she or he would be in danger of torture, arbitrary deprivation of life or cruel treatment if deported from New Zealand.

Please see ‘Claiming Refugee and Protection Status in New Zealand’ (PDF, 0.4MB) for more information

Residence class visa

Holders of a residence class visa are able to live and work permanently in New Zealand. Australian citizens, Australian residents or Australian permanent residents living in New Zealand are automatically given a residence class visa.



When we refer to school we mean either a secondary school, high school, home school, or college.

School learning programme

Any study at level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) that a learner participates in while enrolled in school where the school has approved that participation. The study may include tertiary education. It excludes study done for personal interest not arranged through a school.

Secondary tertiary programme

A full-time programme for a participating student that:

  • consists of a secondary component and a tertiary component; and
  • is co-ordinated by a provider group or a lead provider.

For example:

  • Trades Academies
  • Gateway, and
  • the Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR).

A sponsored person is someone who has had their visa or their application to be recognised as a refugee or protected person in New Zealand backed by an eligible person or organisation.

Statutory declaration

A statutory declaration is a written document that must be completed in front of an authorised witness. In New Zealand an authorised witness can be a:

Outside New Zealand, they include a:

  • judge
  • notary public

Student Achievement Component (SAC) funding

SAC is the dollar amount the Government pays towards the cost of teaching and learning services for learners enrolled at a tertiary education organisation (TEO). It is separate to the amount your TEO charges in fees and to your fees-free support.


Tertiary education

Tertiary education refers to study at institutes of technology, polytechnics, private training establishments, universities, and wānanga (provider-based study) and industry or workplace-based training.

For individuals who may have studied overseas, tertiary education refers to all post-compulsory education and training, including vocational, technical, or academic pathways.

Tertiary organisation

Tertiary organisations include:

  • Polytechnics
  • Private Training Establishments
  • Industry Training Organisations
  • Institutes of Technology
  • Wānanga
  • Universities.


The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF), also known as free trades training, will support learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees.

The TTAF will cover fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022 and will be paid directly to tertiary education organisations (TEOs).

TTAF will make a range of training programmes at sub-degree level in targeted areas and all apprenticeships f ree for learners. It is targeted towards industry skill needs where demand from employers for these skills will continue to be strong, or is expected to grow, during New Zealand's recovery period from the impacts of COVID-19.

Visit the TEC website for further information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are the fees charged by a provider for a course. These fees are covered by fees-free support.