Undertaken study and/or training
To have undertaken study or training, a learner has previously enrolled in tertiary education. For the purposes of Fees Free eligibility, this includes:
- study or training undertaken in New Zealand and overseas.
- part-time and full-time study or training
- workplace training and apprenticeships
- New Zealand study or training that pre-dates the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework (NZQCF)
- incomplete study or training, including where a learner withdrew after the refund period
- study or training that received a fail grade
- study or training as a domestic or international student
- study or training undertaken before 1 January 2023 that had no fees associated with it, and
- study or training that you may have accessed a student loan for or paid yourself.
Learn more about prior study and training here.
Withdrawing from study or training
A “withdrawal” is when a learner stops participating in a course, programme or credential (regardless of whether 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.
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- courses that you have withdrawn from and been granted a full or partial fee refund for, and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.