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Fees free study

By UCOL on Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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If you are thinking about studying for the first time at a tertiary level, there are some important things you need to know.

The New Zealand Government has announced the continuation of fees-free tertiary education for 2019 for people new to tertiary study, which includes most UCOL programmes. If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training for the first time you may be eligible for fees-free support.

If you’re a New Zealander or are ordinarily resident in New Zealand and were at school in 2017, 2018 or 2019 (other than as an adult student), you may qualify for the equivalent of one years’ fees-free provider-based study at UCOL in 2020.
If you’re not a recent school leaver, and you’ve done less than half a year of tertiary study or training (whether in New Zealand or in any other country), you may also qualify.


Eligible qualification and programme criteria
  • Funded by the Tertiary Education Commission
  • Recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (see UCOL's programme pages for the levels)
Find out if you're eligible
To find out if you're eligible go to and enter your national student number (NSI). If you don't know your NSI there's a helpful link, and if you have more questions, see the FAQs.

Amount of funding available
There is a limit of NZ$12,000.00 for fees, which will cover tuition fees, associated manditory fees and compulsory student services fees at UCOL.

Length, location and timing of study
Fees-free can be taken up at UCOL for up to two years from the study start date. Extramural study, including from overseas, is allowed.
Fees-free can't be deferred for a later year. It must be used from the start of an enrolment.

Already paid or applied for a student loan
If you're eligible and have already paid for your 2019 study, simply contact Tertiary Education Comission for a refund. If you have applied for a StudyLink loan, log in to your StudyLink account to change your application.

Student allowances, living costs and course-related costs
If you meet the requirements, but still need support with funding other aspects of your study, you can apply to StudyLink.