What fees will be covered by Fees Free?
Provider-based study is when you study directly at the place where you will get the qualification from, which includes study at a university, NZIST, wānanga or private training establishment (PTE). Find out if your course is Fees Free.
If you are eligible for Fees Free and do provider-based study then you will get your first year of study Fees Free! This covers:
- tuition fees
- compulsory course costs; and
- compulsory student services fees.
If you study part-time, or do less than 120 credits of study in our first year and the fees are less than $12,000 then you may have some left-over Fees Free to carry-over into future years.
You cannot use your Fees Free entitlement to pay any optional and occasional fees. Things like students’ association and club memberships, some course materials, and late fees will not be covered.
If you are eligible for Fees Free and enrol in an industry training programme that has a minimum 120 credits on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), then you can receive Fees Free for training and assessments for the first two years of your training programme. This includes all apprenticeships.
If you are eligible for Fees Free and decide to enrol in an industry training programme made up of less than 120 credits, for example some barista training or lifeguard training, do not worry – these credits will not count against your Fees Free entitlement, or affect your eligibility.
Note: Some apprenticeships are now fees-free for people able to reside and work in New Zealand through the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022. This will not affect your eligibility for Fees Free support or count towards your Fees Free entitlement.
The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)
From 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022, some apprenticeships and targeted study at a tertiary education provider, such as construction, community support and primary industries, will be fees-free through the TTAF. These include:
- Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries and forestry
- Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering
- Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, care for people with disabilities and community health
- Manufacturing and mechanical engineering, and technology
- Electrical engineering; and
- Road transport (vehicle operations).
If you access TTAF-eligible study or training and you are also eligible for first-year Fees Free, the study or training undertaken as part of the TTAF will not affect your Fees Free entitlement. You’ll still be able to use this at a later date for future study or training.