Fees & funding
Don't let the cost of education put you off studying — there are ways to study for free or get funding to reduce your tuition fees.
Every qualification has its tuition fee listed on its programme page. This is the cost of your study. However, there may be additional costs such as tools, uniforms and equipment. Check the programme information page for the most up-to-date information about costs.
Ways to fund your study
Fees Free - your first year fees are free
For domestic students, if this is your first time enrolling in tertiary study (over 60 credits at Level 3 or higher) in New Zealand you may be eligible to have your first year of study for free.
All the details and criteria are on the Fees Free website. There's an eligibility-checker tool where you can enter your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re entitled to funding.
If you are eligible, we’ll organise your fees with the Tertiary Education Commission when you're enrolled to study with us.
Youth Guarantee Scheme
The Youth Guarantee is a funding scheme for domestic students 16–24 years old (or 15 if you’ve got an early leaving exemption letter). It means you can enrol in Level 2 or Level 3 programmes, full-time or part-time, cost-free.
We have various Level 2 and 3 programmes available under this scheme which can prepare you with practical skills for work. When you study any of these, the Youth Guarantee Fees Scheme covers your tuition fees and the material and equipment costs of your programme.
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StudyLink loans & allowances
You can apply to StudyLink for a student loan, a student allowance and course-related costs. This is only available for domestic students.
You can get a Student Loan to pay your study fees, your course-related costs and your living costs. If none of the other options on this page are relevant to you, you should consider applying to StudyLink for a student loan to pay for your study.
Note: You have to pay StudyLink back for any money you borrow for fees, living costs and course-related costs — but not until you have a full-time job.
You may be eligible for a Student Allowance. You don’t need to repay a Student Allowance as it is not considered part of your loan. Check the criteria for an allowance before you apply for Student Loan living costs. This is important to ensure that you don’t borrow more than you need to.
The StudyLink website has an eligibility test and further information about the options available to you.
If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.