Updated 13 December 2022

Check your Fees Free eligibility!

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.

If you are a first-time tertiary learner, or your first tertiary education was covered by the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), you may be able to get up to $12,000 of your fees covered for one year’s study or two years’ training. If you are eligible, we’ll organise payment of your fees with the Tertiary Education Commission.

Eligible Programmes

Eligible Careerforce programmes include those with at least 120 credits i.e.

  • Apprenticeship programmes (Level 4)
  • Advanced Care and Support (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) Leadership & Management
  • New Zealand Diploma in Health & Wellbeing (Level 5) Applied Practice

More information from TEC about programme eligibility 

Eligible Learners

This short video shows how a learner can check their eligibility status for Fees Free:

For more Information, please visit www.feesfree.govt.nz