- Current students
Fees-free tertiary study in 2020
If you’re looking to study with us for the first time, you may be eligible for fees-free support.
Are you eligible for fees-free study?
To receive fees-free support, you'll need to meet the relevant eligibility criteria and enrolled in an eligible course.
To check your eligibility, you'll need to go to the Government Fees-free website and enter your National Student Number (NSN). The Fees-free website will also have instructions on what to do if you do not know or have an NSN.
Once you've checked that you're eligible, you can now browse our career and study options.
Once you've entered your NSN, you’ll receive one of the following results:
- Yes – you're eligible for fees-free
- No – you're not eligible for fees-free
- Unknown – not sure if your eligible for fees-free
If you get a no as an eligibility status, you can apply for a Student Loan or Allowance. For more information on Student Loans and Allowances visit the StudyLink website. We also have a range of scholarships, grants, and awards available, all with a wide variety of criteria that can help with funding your study. For more information on our scholarships, grants, and awards, visit our Scholarships and Awards page.
Those who get an unknown eligibility status, but meet the eligibility criteria, need to complete and submit a statutory declaration to be eligible for fees-free. Instructions for completing the statutory declaration form are on the Fees-free website. We encourage you to do this as soon as possible, so there are no disruptions to your studies.
What does fees-free cover?
- Tuition fees
- Compulsory course costs, and
- Compulsory student services fees
Fees-free does not cover other optional and occasional fees.
What course or programmes are eligible for fees-free?
A course or programme needs to meet the following criteria to be eligible for fees-free in 2019, a course must be:
- funded by the TEC from either:
- the SAC level 3 and above fund, or
- grants under s321 of the Education Act 1989 for tertiary provision that is part of a qualification or training scheme on the NZQF at level 3 or above, or
- the Youth Guarantee fund and leads to the award of a qualification on the NZQF at level 3 or above, and
- not part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.
Where can I go for more information?
For the latest information visit the fees-free website or call the fees-free helpline on 0800 687 775.
Frequently asked questions
Are refugees eligible for fees-free?
Refugees may be eligible for fees-free study even if they have studied English at a tertiary level. Refugees who have been declined for fees-free study can make a new statutory declaration via the TEC Fees-free website. If you are a refugee and you have not applied for fees-free study, you can enter your National Student Number via the TEC fees-free website and select Provider Based Study, follow the prompts, and if necessary, download a statutory declaration form. Print it off, but don't sign it (yet). You will need to take this form to a Justice of the Peace who will watch you sign the form and certify its authenticity. Then scan the certified document, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.The TEC will then advise as to whether you can study for free.
How do I apply?
Please go to the Fees-free website to check your eligibility for Provider Based Study, enter your National Student Number and follow the prompts.
What if I change my mind?
No problem, you have the opportunity to withdraw from your chosen programme as outlined in our terms and conditions. If you do not take up your place it is likely that you will be eligible to begin your first year with zero fees at a future time.
Don't know your NSN number?
If you have an NSN number but can't remember what it is, you can see our team of advisors at Student Central or book an appointment with our Student Support Advisors for help. You can also contact the New Zealand Qualifications Agency (NZQA) on 0800 697 296 (between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday) or by email through the NZQA website.
Why did I receive an invoice? I thought it was fees-free.
We are required to send you an invoice by mail. If you know you are eligible for fees-free study, please keep an eye on your account summary in your student portal. You can find this via Student Self Service under Useful Links. Look in the Finances section.
Drop-in support on campus
At the beginning of each semester, our Student Support Advisors run drop-in sessions to support students who are applying for a Student Loan, Student Allowance, and Fees-Free.
See the dropdown lists below for the current schedule and location for each campus.
Mt Albert campus
Building 180 (Te Puna), Level 1, Mt Albert campus. The computer lab opposite Student Central (Te Pae Kōrero).
Building 510, Level 1, Waitākere campus. At Student Central (Te Pae Kōrero).
Outside of these dates and times, make an appointment with our Student Support Advisors for support. Visit their page to find out how.