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Domestic Students

Fees Free Tertiary Education and Training


Find out whether you are eligible


1. Go to  

2. Enter your national student number (NSN)

What is Fees Free?


Fees Free tertiary education and training is a policy introduced in 2018 to expand participation in tertiary education and reduce student debt in New Zealand. It is targeted towards first-time learners. Fees Free covers up to $12,000 for one year’s study or two years’ training, paid directly to your tertiary education organisation.


To access Fees Free, you must meet the eligibility criteria, and your course or programme must also be eligible. Check the eligibility criteria for Fees Free here.

Provider-based study refers to courses where you are studying on campus, or online. If you are enrolled in provider-based study, you should:

Work-based learning refers to programmes where you are training in a workplace, or doing ‘on the job’ learning. If you are enrolled in work-based learning, you should:

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