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Fees and costs

New Zealand domestic student fees 

For programmes of study longer than 12 months/one year the fee listed on the qualification page is for the first year of study only (unless otherwise specifically stated). The following years' study fees are dependent on your choice of courses, and could be slightly more. If you have any questions about UCOL's fees, feel free to get in contact.

Payment by instalment option

If you're undertaking full-time study of at least one year in duration, and are paying your own tuition fees (not using a student loan or scholarship), it is possible to arrange to pay UCOL in regular instalments. Conditions apply. If you'd like to find out whether you're eligible, talk to one of our friendly Information Centre staff.

Additional costs

Where possible additional costs are listed on the programme pages in the Advice and Guidance section. This is for things like text books, stationery and uniform items that are not included in the general tuition fee.

Student services levy

Included in the cost of a programme is a student services levy. This contributes funding to the range of services UCOL provides to students, such as wellbeing support, advocacy, legal advice, financial support and advice including hardship, careers information, employment information, and sports, recreation and cultural activities. 

UCOL consults with the student association (AS@U) on the student services levy. The latest consultation covered the level of fees, the type of services, the procurement and delivery of services and the authorisation of expenditure.  In 2018,  UCOL and AS@U agreed that the entire UCOL student body will be consulted for the periods hereafter. 

International student fees

The amounts shown for international students in the course listings are $NZ. The fees quoted include GST, language support, airport pickup, free use of campus facilities, registration/enrolment fees, exam costs, and New Zealand Export Levy fees.

To obtain a student visa the study fees must be paid by the due date shown on your invoice. You will then be sent an official receipt that is required by Immigration New Zealand before you can obtain your visa.

Fees free study in 2020

The Government has announced they’re expanding fees-free tertiary education for 2020-2022. There are two kinds of fees-free study available:

  • Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF, new in 2020), which is open to everyone but only covers specific programmes, and
  • Fees Free Tertiary Education, being one year’s fees free study, in almost any programme, for first time tertiary students.
Check Fees-free study web page for more details.

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.

To find out more about these changes read information from the Tertiary Education Commission