Undertaken study and/or training
To undertake provider-based study means to enrol in tertiary study and remain enrolled past the refund period.
To undertake work-based learning means to achieve credits towards a work-based learning programme.
When we assess your Fees Free eligibility we look at the study and training you have previously undertaken to determine whether you are a first-time tertiary learner.
Withdrawing from study or training
A ‘withdrawal’ is when a learner stops participating in a course, programme or credential (whether or not they have been refunded any fees), either:
- by providing notice to their organisation that they wish to withdraw participation, or
- as a result of non-attendance or non-participation for any reason.
Work-based learning is training done through the workplace or on-the-job and includes apprenticeships.
Work-based learning was previously called industry-based training, and you may still see it referred to in this way by some organisations.
Zero fee course
For the purposes of Fees Free eligibility and entitlement settings, a ‘zero fee course’ is a course that:
- is funded by the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission
- starts on or after 1 January 2023, and
- has no tuition fees and no compulsory course costs for any learner enrolled in the course.
This does not include:
- courses that have fees, but the fees were paid by a scholarship, student loan, employer, or another zero fees scheme (unless otherwise specified)
- free courses undertaken overseas
- courses that you have withdrawn from and been granted a full or partial fee refund for, and
- courses that have zero tuition fees, but do have compulsory course costs associated with the course.