Fees Free Studies
All New Zealanders who have completed less than half a full-time year of post-school education or training may be eligible to study fees-free.
- You may be eligible for some of your fees to be covered so please speak to the Elite student recruitment team to help you work out what your options are and how you can take advantage of fees-free study. You don’t need to do anything to access fees-free, if you are eligible the Tertiary Education Commission will pay your fees.
- If you are a current student you may still be eligible for some of your fees to be covered or to progress onto another course so please speak to the Elite student recruitment team to help you work out what your options are and how you can take advantage of fees-free study. You don’t need to do anything to access fees-free, if you are eligible the Tertiary Education Commission will pay your fees. Note: your deposit can be used towards course related costs (if any) or will be refunded once you have attended past day 8 of your course.
What you need to do next:
If you need a student loan next year for course related costs or living costs and do not already have one you will still need to apply through Studylink. It is important that you complete your Studylink application by the end of this year. Their process hasn’t changed. This is done on their website at www.studylink.govt.nz
If you need any assistance with applying for Studylink just contact one of the friendly team at your campus. If you already have a student loan or living costs allowance you don’t need to do anything else. You can check if you're eligible for fees-free study using the tool on the fees-free website . It's a good idea to do this before applying for student support so you know whether to ask for a loan for your fees. If you're eligible, you still need to apply for a Student Loan if you want to borrow the course-related costs or living costs components.
Fees-free starts from 1 January 2018 so tell your friends and family looking for a career pathway about the policy and increased allowance. They can also speak to the Elite recruitment team for help or visit www.feesfree.govt.nz. We encourage you to apply early and provide your supporting documents promptly to ensure your applications are sorted for the start of your study.
Student Allowance payments
From 1 January 2018, Student Allowance rates will increase by $50 a week. Where the rate reflects the living costs of 2 adults, the increase will be $100 a week. No changes are being made to eligibility rules for Student Allowances. For example:
- single students aged under 24 and living away from home will go from $177.03 to $227.03 a week
- single students with children will go from $329.57 to $379.57 a week
- couples with children (where 1 partner is not enrolled in more than half of a full-time course) will go from $379.34 to $479.34 a week.
If you're getting a Student Allowance, you won't need to do anything to receive the increased rate. The increase in the Student Allowance rates means some students who previously wouldn't have received an allowance due to personal or parental income may now be entitled, please get in touch with our recruitment advisors team.
Student Living Costs
The maximum amount you can borrow through a Student Loan to help pay for living costs will also rise by $50 a week - from $178.81 to $228.81 a week. No changes are being made to eligibility rules for Student Loans. If you're getting a Student Loan, Studylink will be in touch to let you know what you need to do if you want to receive some, or all, of the additional living costs.