You can now check if you’re eligible for Fees Free

Planning to study or train in 2021? You can now check whether or not you are eligible for Fees Free.

To check if you are eligible, visit the home page. You will need your National Student Number to determine if you are eligible.

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If you are studying at a university, Te Pūkenga, wānanga or a private training establishment (PTE), Fees Free will cover your tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees.

If you are doing on-the-job training, Fees Free will cover all fees for training and assessment for the first 24 months of any eligible industry training programme.

You can also access eligible programmes in targeted areas for free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF). This will not affect or use up your Fees Free eligibility or entitlement.

See Fees Free frequently asked questions