Frequently Asked Questions

Q: “Am I eligible for Fees Free?”

If you are a first-time tertiary student then tertiary education is fees free for you if you meet the following criteria:

  • You’re a New Zealander
  • and you’ve done less than half a year of education or training (including tertiary study in any other country)

You must be a New Zealand citizen or you have lived in New Zealand for at least 3 years while holding a residence class visa.

See the full eligibility criteria at

Q: “Can apply for course related costs?”

Yes. You can apply for up to $1000 per year for course related costs.

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Q: “Can I apply for a student loan if I’m not eligible for fees free?”

Yes. Find out more:

Q: “Can I apply for a student allowance?”

Yes. Find out more: