Do I need to apply to StudyLink to access Fees Free study or training?

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

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.

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 entilement left to use, you will need to apply to StudyLink if you need a Student Loan to cover these costs.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, 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

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