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Is my course or programme eligible for fees-free in 2019?

A course or programme needs to meet the following criteria to be eligible for fees-free in 2019:

Course criteria (provider-based study)

To be eligible for fees-free, a course must be:

  1. funded by the TEC from either:
    1. the SAC level 3 and above fund, or
    2. grants under s321 of the Education Act 1989 for tertiary provision that is part of a qualification or training scheme on the NZQF at level 3 or above, or
    3. the Youth Guarantee fund and leads to the award of a qualification on the NZQF at level 3 or above, and
  2. not part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

Programme criteria (industry training)

To be eligible for fees-free, an industry training programme must be:

  1. at NZQF level 3 or above, and
  2. approved by NZQA, and
  3. comprised of at least 120 credits (which includes all New Zealand Apprenticeships), and
  4. not part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

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