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What is Fees Free?

You can get one year of tertiary study or two years' training up to the value of $12,000 fees-free:

  • The equivalent of one year's full-time study fees-free at an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, university or wananga.

  • Up to 24 months of an apprenticeship or training fees-free with an employer or industry training organisation.

Fees Free eligibility

You may be eligible for Fees Free if you are:

  • a New Zealander or ordinarily resident in New Zealand; and

  • a recent secondary school leaver; or

  • not a recent secondary school leaver but have undertaken less than half a year of tertiary study or training.

See the full eligibility criteria here.


To check if you meet the requirements, visit the New Zealand Government’s Fees-Free website and enter your National Student Number (NSN). If you do not have an NSN, contact us.

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