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

Not for fees. If you’re eligible for Fees Free and doing eligible study or training your compulsory course fees will be paid directly to your tertiary education organisation by the Tertiary Education Commission.

However, if you’re doing 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 load for living costs.

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

Please note, if you’re doing industry training, you're not eligible for a Student Allowance or Student Loan.

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