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Is my course or programme eligible for Fees Free?

A course or programme needs to meet the following criteria to be eligible for Fees Free:

Course criteria (provider-based study)

To be eligible for Fees Free, a course must:

  1. be funded by the Tertiary Education Commission from either:
    1. the Student Achievement Component (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 New Zealand Qualifications Framework (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 be part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

To be eligible for Fees Free, an industry training programme must:

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

Please contact your tertiary education organisation or your industry training organisation if you’re not sure about your course eligibility.

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