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Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund Fees Free Study

The Targeted Training Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), also known as Free Trades Training, has been extended for existing students, including those enrolling in July this year. The fees-free period will continue to 30th June 2023.

You don’t need to apply - just enrol in an eligible programme (see full list here), and the TTAF  process will take care of  the fees until 30 June 2023.  

Don’t miss out, you must be enrolled in July 2022 to take this opportunity, new enrolment in 2023 will not be eligible.

If you have any questions about your enrolment or the programmes covered by TTAF until 30th June 2023, call 0800 GO UCOL or check the frequently asked questions on TTAF.

In some cases, there may be a small amount for learners to pay that is not met by the funding provided by the TTAF. 

Te Pūkenga, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, is funding this additional six months of fees-free study for TTAF enrolments.  UCOL is a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga.

One Year’s Fees Free Study

If you’re interested in studying courses that aren’t included in TTAF, and you’re studying for the first time, it’s likely you are eligible for one year of fees free study. This is available for almost all UCOL programmes (you can check if they qualify on the programme page).

You may qualify for this funding if you are a New Zealand citizen or resident who:

  • Was at school in or after 2017 (other than as an adult student), or
  • Hasn’t done more than half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education (0.5 EFTS or 60 credits) at NZQA Level 3 or above

To find out if you're eligible, go to www.feesfree.govt.nz 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.

Eligible programmes must meet these 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)
  • Not be part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

Amount of funding available

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

Length, location and timing of study

  • Fees free can use 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.

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.

Training Incentive Allowance

If you’re on a Government benefit, you may also be able to get the Training Incentive Allowance.


If you’re thinking about a new career, learning something new, or improving your job prospects, there is support on offer.

Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund Fees Free Study

The Targeted Training Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), also known as Free Trades Training, has been extended for existing students, including those enrolling in July this year. The fees-free period will continue to 30th June 2023.

You don’t need to apply - just enrol in an eligible programme (see full list here), and the TTAF  process will take care of  the fees until 30 June 2023.  

Don’t miss out, you must be enrolled in July 2022 to take this opportunity, new enrolment in 2023 will not be eligible.

If you have any questions about your enrolment or the programmes covered by TTAF until 30th June 2023, call 0800 GO UCOL or check the frequently asked questions on TTAF.

In some cases, there may be a small amount for learners to pay that is not met by the funding provided by the TTAF. 

Te Pūkenga, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, is funding this additional six months of fees-free study for TTAF enrolments.  UCOL is a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga.

One Year’s Fees Free Study

If you’re interested in studying courses that aren’t included in TTAF, and you’re studying for the first time, it’s likely you are eligible for one year of fees free study. This is available for almost all UCOL programmes (you can check if they qualify on the programme page).

You may qualify for this funding if you are a New Zealand citizen or resident who:

  • Was at school in or after 2017 (other than as an adult student), or
  • Hasn’t done more than half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education (0.5 EFTS or 60 credits) at NZQA Level 3 or above

To find out if you're eligible, go to www.feesfree.govt.nz 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.

Eligible programmes must meet these 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)
  • Not be part of a school learning programme or secondary-tertiary programme.

Amount of funding available

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

Length, location and timing of study

  • Fees free can use 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.

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.

Training Incentive Allowance

If you’re on a Government benefit, you may also be able to get the Training Incentive Allowance.


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