Do I need to apply to StudyLink to access fees-free study or training?

No. If you’re 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.

But if you wish to apply for a Student Allowance or Student Loan for living costs and course-related costs, then you still need to apply to StudyLink.

If your fees exceed $12,000 (including GST) or you only have some fees-free support left to use then you will need to apply to StudyLink if you need a Student Loan to cover these costs.

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