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Study Free Options and Funding

This page shows fees-free, zero fees and other funding options available to domestic students.

Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund

From 1 July 2020, The New Zealand Government introduced the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to support domestic learners in undertaking vocational education and training without fees. The TTAF will cover all fees until 31 December 2022.

We have a wide range of programmes that are currently eligible under the new TTAF Fund listed below. If a programme that you're interesting in studying isn't listed below, we may have other funding options available.

For more information on TTAF, FAQ's and eligibility criteria's, please check the FAQs for Learners on the TEC Website here.

Programmes eligible for the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund

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Fees-free funding

Fees-free is a funding scheme provided by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), which can allow you to get one year of tertiary study or two year’s training up to the value of $12,000.

All NZSE College Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes from level 3 to level 7 may be eligible for Fees-free study.

You are only eligible for Fees-free if you haven’t previously undertaken more than 60 credits (half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education, 0.5 EFTS) at Level 3 or above on the NZQF – New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

To check if you meet the requirements, visit the New Zealand Government’s Fees-free website and enter your National Student Number (NSN). If you do not have an NSN, contact your Student Support Advisor.

Who is eligible?

• A New Zealander or ordinarily resident in New Zealand; and
• A recent secondary school leaver or;
Not a recent secondary school leaver but has undertaken less than half a year of tertiary study or training.
Enrolled into one of our programmes*

*Conditions apply – our Course Advisors can help and advise you on your options.

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Youth Guarantee funding

Youth Guarantee funding provides prospective students aged 16-19 with an opportunity to participate in a range of courses free of charge.

Travel allowances are available for students under the Youth Guarantee programme. This allowance can help you with things like the cost of transport to and from our campuses, by either using public or private transport.

Students will be required to pay for their travel until all required documents have been submitted.

Receipts must be provided to our Recruitment Team Staff for this process to begin.

Programmes eligible for Youth Guarantee funding

Who is eligible?

To qualify to study under the Youth Guarantee Programme, you must meet the following criteria:

• Be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
• Be 16 to 19 years old before the start of the course*
Be enrolled in a 6 or 12 month programme
Be successful in the Youth Guarantee funding interview - this will happen once you have gained your place.

*15 year old's who hold an Early Leaving Exemption (ELX) approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE) may also be eligible. This exemption must be in place before the course starts.

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Zero-Fees study

If ‘Zero-Fees’ is listed under one of our programmes, this means that this programme may currently eligible for free study for a limited time.

We offer a range of Zero-Fees programmes and options which can vary and change. Terms and conditions may apply so get in touch with us below to discuss your options.

Programmes eligible for Zero-Fees study

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Zero-Fees, you need to meet the following requirements.
  • A New Zealander or ordinarily resident in New Zealand; and
  • A recent secondary school leaver or;
  • Not a recent secondary school leaver but has undertaken less than half a year of tertiary study or training
  • Be enrolled into one of our Zero-Fees programmes
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Student Achievement Component (SAC) programmes

The Student Achievement Component (SAC) is the Government’s contribution towards the cost of teaching and learning services for students enrolled at a tertiary education organisation (TEO).

Students must be studying towards a qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

For more information on SAC eligibility and programmes, visit the TEC website.

Do make sure that you discuss all options with our helpful Course Advisors.