I need to submit a statutory declaration to declare I am eligible for Fees Free. Do I need to do this by a certain date?
If you meet the eligibility criteria for Fees Free and your eligibility status is showing as ‘maybe,’ you need to complete and submit a statutory declaration.
It is important that you confirm your eligibility status for the calendar year that you start Fees Free eligible study or industry training. To access Fees Free, you need to be determined to be eligible in the calendar year you undertake your study.
You need to submit your statutory declaration by midnight 31 December in your first year of eligible study or training. It doesn’t matter if the form isn’t processed by 31 December, but you must submit it to the Tertiary Education Commission by this date.
If you submit your statutory declaration on, or after 1 January of the following year, you won’t be able to get Fees Free for any eligible study or training you did in your first calendar year of study or training. Any study or training you did will still count as you ‘using’ Fees Free. If you haven’t used 120 credits (1 EFTS) or $12,000 in your first calendar year, you may have some fees-free entitlement remaining to use in future years.
For example, if you are eligible and undertake 60 credits in 2019 but don’t submit a statutory declaration in 2019, you won’t get Fees Free for the 60 credits. However, you’ll still be considered to have ‘used’ fees-free entitlement in dollars and credits for those 60 credits.
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