Do I need to apply to StudyLink to access Fees Free?

Please confirm your eligibility status by entering your National Student Number (NSN) on the Fees Free homepage.

If your eligibility status is 'yes', you won't need a student loan for your compulsory fees. If you are eligible for Fees Free and doing eligible study or training, your fees will be paid directly to your tertiary education organisation by the Tertiary Education Commission.

However, if you are undertaking provider-based study and you want to apply for a Student Allowance or Student Loan for living costs and course-related costs, then you still need to apply to StudyLink for the student allowance or loan for living costs.

If your fees exceed $12,000 (including GST) you may need to apply to StudyLink if you need a Student Loan to cover these costs.

Please note, if you are undertaking industry training, you are not eligible for a Student Allowance or Student Loan.

If you are not eligible for Fees Free, you will not be able to access Fees Free tertiary study or training. You may be eligible for financial support through a Student Loan. For more information go to studylink.govt.nz.

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