From 1 January 2018 all New Zealand students who finished school in 2017, or will finish school during 2018, qualify for a year of free provider based tertiary education.
Adults who have previously studied for less than half full time year of tertiary education or industry training also will qualify for fees free.
Fees-free 2018 – A quick guide for students will assist you in determining whether you are eligible and also provide more information on what is covered by Fees-free. Fees-free FAQ can be found here: www.feesfree.govt.nz/faqs/
You can also use your National Student Number (NSN) to check your eligiblity at feesfree.govt.nz.
Please note: Even if you are eligible for fees-free, you may still want to borrow course-related costs and living costs through a student loan. StudyLink's advice is to make your application as soon as possible.
For the most up to date information regarding student loans and allowances, please visit the StudyLink website.