Eligibility

Eligibility

Last updated 21 June 2017
Last updated 06/21/2017

This page sets out the eligibility criteria for Student Achievement Component level 3 and above (SAC level 3 and above).

TEO eligibility

See the following condition for tertiary education organisation (TEO) eligibility requirements.

In addition, universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), and wānanga must meet the following eligibility requirements.

Programme eligibility

See the following conditions for programme (including course) eligibility requirements.

Restrictions on the use of SAC level 3 and above funding for some types of courses

SAC level 3 and above funding must not be used for:

  • some types of health-related professional qualifications
  • pre-service teacher training
  • health and safety training, or
  • regulatory compliance training.

See Condition: Programmes and qualifications.

Short awards and training schemes, Certificates of Proficiency and Certificates of Personal Interest

We restrict SAC level 3 and above funding for short awards, Certificates of Personal Interest (CPIs), and Certificates of Proficiency (COPs). If you offer any of these, you must limit the SAC level 3 and above funded equivalent full-time students (EFTS) for these programmes to those agreed in your Investment Plan mix of provision (MoP).  

See Condition: Programmes and qualifications.

Certificates of Personal Interest (CPIs) and Certificates of Proficiency (COPs)

Certificates of Personal Interest (CPIs) and Certificates of Proficiency (COPs) cater for specific individual needs; not for on-going or regular programmes of study. 

A CPI is an informal programme of individual study that consists of select courses or unit standards where the student does not intend to complete a wider programme of study or training. Usually the CPI is attained through attendance, rather than through assessment.  

A COP is only delivered by a tertiary education institution (TEI). A COP is an individual programme of study that consists of courses or unit standards selected from an approved qualification. The TEI must check with the appropriate quality assurance body on quality assurance requirements.

Access to student allowances and the Student Loan Scheme

A student enrolled in an undergraduate COP may be eligible to access a student allowance and the Student Loan Scheme. A student enrolled in a post-graduate COP may be eligible to access the Student Loan Scheme. 

See StudyLink's website for more information.

High-cost provision delivery volume is agreed with each TEO

A TEO that receives SAC level 3 and above funding for high-cost provision must not exceed the number of EFTS approved through its Investment Plan for that type of provision.

This is because we must ensure that delivery volume nationally does not breach the following annual caps for these high cost provision types.

  • Aviation (qualifications that include an in-flight training component): 450 EFTS
  • Dentistry (intermediate) year 1 intake: 60 EFTS
  • Medical undergraduate year 1 intake: 539 EFTS
  • Specialist large animal science total across all year levels: 70 EFTS, and
  • Veterinary science year 1 intake: 100 EFTS.

Aviation

If you receive SAC level 3 and above funding for aviation provision that includes an in-flight training component (pilot training), you must supply StudyLink with correct student enrolment information through the Verification of Study (VoS) system.

You must also ensure that:

  • annual student loan borrowing for course fees by any pilot training student studying full-time does not exceed $35,000 per EFTS, and
  • where a pilot training student is studying part-time, their annual student loan borrowing for course fees does not exceed the proportion of $35,000 represented by the EFTS course load that the student is enrolled in. For example, if the student is studying a 0.4 EFTS course load in the year, their student loan borrowing limit for the year is $14,000.

Dentistry

If you receive SAC level 3 and above funding that, in your Investment Plan, is specified for Dentistry students from rural locations (origin), you must use that funding for such students. 

This is because, within the national 60 EFTS cap for Dentistry (intermediate) year 1 intake EFTS, 10 of the 60 EFTS must subsidise provision for students from rural locations.

Doctoral study

The maximum SAC level 3 and above funding payable with respect to any one learner completing a doctorate is four EFTS.

See Condition: Use of SAC3+ Fund Funding for doctoral study.

Student eligiblity

See Condition: Use of SAC3+ Fund Funding for valid domestic enrolments for student eligibility requirements.

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) programmes

ILN eligible learners are not considered to have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to be successful in a SAC level 3 and above funded programme.

These learners should not be enrolled in a SAC level 3 and above programme until their literacy and numeracy skills have advanced sufficiently for them to be successful (for example, until they present at Step 3 or higher on the Learning Progressions for reading and Step 4 or higher on the Learning Progressions for numeracy). This can be achieved through enrolling them in an ILN programme first, where the provision of literacy and/or numeracy skill development opportunities is intensive.

International students

A student's eligibility at the start of a course applies until the course ends.

Whether or not a student is a domestic or international student for the purposes of fees and TEC funding is determined by their status at the time of enrolment.

See Non-New Zealand citizens on a work visa on our Enrolment page.

Permanent Residence status granted mid-way through study

Domestic student funding can be claimed for an international student enrolling in courses that start after the student gains residency, whether in the same or a different qualification.

Postgraduate research

An international student involved in postgraduate research is a valid domestic enrolment, if the programme of study in which he or she is enrolled is:

  • level 9 or higher on the NZQF (Masters level or higher), and
  • wholly research (for example, a 120 point thesis).

SAC level 3 and above funding category 5 subsidises foreign postgraduate students at a lower rate than domestic students. TEOs are expected to use international student fees to recover the costs of their education. These students are only eligible to attract SAC level 3 and above funding while they are resident in New Zealand.

See Domestic students studying overseas (below) for information on whether other international students need to reside in New Zealand to be eligible for SAC level 3 and above subsidy.

See Condition: Valid domestic enrolments.

Funding for international students

For international students, there are different scenarios for whether the student is eligible to attract SAC level 3 and above funding, and the rate at which the provision would be funded. See Qualifications and courses (Numeric code).

The table below illustrates the scenarios for these international students and the applicable funding category. 

Student type Programme type SAC level 3 and above funding category Student fee type
1 International student* Taught masters Not eligible International
2 Domestic student Taught masters 3 Domestic
3 Domestic student


Research-based masters

4 Domestic
4 Domestic student  Ph.D./other doctoral programme 4 Domestic
5 International student* Ph.D.(becomes defined as a domestic student***) 4** Domestic
6 International student* Research-based masters 5*** International
7 International student* Doctoral programme (not Ph.D.) 5*** International

*       Covered by the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

**     See Appendix 14 of the SDR manual (International Ph.D. Policy and Reporting) for details about reporting an on-shore international Ph.D. student.  

***  Only while resident in New Zealand.  

Domestic students studying overseas

International students who become defined as Domestic Students are included in these policy settings (see types 1-3 and 6 in the international student type funding category table above).

Studying outside New Zealand while enrolled at a New Zealand campus of a New Zealand TEO

A student is a valid domestic enrolment and eligible for SAC level 3 and above funding if the student is enrolled:

  • at a New Zealand TEO while studying outside New Zealand (for example, while on an exchange programme or undertaking research); and
  • in a course(s) which is leading to the award of a recognised qualification offered by the New Zealand TEO.

Condition: Valid domestic enrolments for additional information.

Studying outside New Zealand at an overseas campus or delivery site of a New Zealand TEO

A student studying at an overseas campus or delivery site of a New Zealand TEO (irrespective of whether they are enrolled at the TEO’s New Zealand campus or overseas campus), is a valid domestic enrolment, and therefore the provision is eligible for SAC level 3 and above funding, if the following criteria are met. The:

  • student is a Domestic Student enrolled in a course(s) leading to the award of a recognised qualification offered by the New Zealand TEO (this includes international students ‘involved in postgraduate research’ who meet the definition of Domestic Student - see Condition: Valid domestic enrolments)
  • student is enrolled in a programme at the New Zealand TEO which leads to the award of a qualification at level 7 or above on the NZQF
  • study outside New Zealand is full-time and face-to-face (i.e. not an extramural enrolment) in an approved country identified on the Education New Zealand website, and
  • student is undertaking part (but not all) of the programme outside New Zealand.

Note: We have not specified the amount and timing of the parts of the study to be completed in New Zealand and overseas. This is to allow flexibility for the TEO to best structure its delivery of the qualification.

See Condition: Valid domestic enrolments.