Tertiary Fees Free changes for 2019 published

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has updated the Fees Free website with new information for those wanting to enrol for provider-based tertiary study or industry training in 2019.

Students who were at school after 2017 (other than as an adult student) and who meet the citizenship or residency requirements, are able to get Fees Free support.

This policy also benefits those who aren’t school leavers. Adults who do not exceed the prior study limit for Fees Free eligibility also qualify for Fees Free.

The Ministry of Education has been working with the Tertiary Education Commission and other tertiary sector organisations to improve how Fees Free is delivered for 2019.

Changes include:

  • making sure that Fees Free-eligible learners don’t lose out if they enrol in short industry training programmes; from 1 January 2019, credits achieved since 1 January 2018 in industry training programmes shorter than 120 credits will be excluded from measures of prior study when determining people’s eligibility for Fees Free support
  • enabling learners who are enrolled in high school to get Fees Free for any tertiary study or training they do outside of their schooling or secondary-tertiary programme; this will “fast-track” the confirmation of eligibility for an estimated 6,000 learners.

Other changes will work to the advantage of those applying for Fees Free, including speeding up confirmation of eligibility and ensuring consistent rules for people in industry training programmes and provider-based study.

Fees Free website


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