SAC level three and above funding rates

SAC level three and above funding rates

Last updated 14 July 2017
Last updated 07/14/2017

This page provides information on Student Achievement Component (SAC) level three and above funding rates. 

  For detailed information on courses and funding for courses, including course classification and the alphabetic and numeric codes, see the Qualifications and courses page, including the Information about courses section.

2018 onwards - SAC funding rates

2017 SAC funding rates

2016 SAC funding rates

2015 SAC funding rates  

 

2018 onwards – SAC level three and above funding rates

The table below provides an overview of the funding rates available by the alphabetic and numeric codes (categories) for different course classifications. These rates will apply from 1 January 2018.

Increase in funding rates

Budget 2017 included a 1% increase to tuition subsidy rates for SAC provision at level 3 and above. The increase is to improve the quality and sustainability of sub-degree tertiary education, and provide a meaningful funding boost to institutes of technology and polytechnics, wānanga, private training establishments and universities.

All Subsectors (GST Exclusive) 

 

Numeric code (category) (classification by level and content of study)
    1 2 3 4 5

Alphabetic code (category)
(classification by grouped course classifications)

Course classification (1-39)*

Courses designed for non-degree qualifications with no research requirement, including certificates and diplomas Courses designed for undergraduate degree qualifications, including bachelors degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas Courses designed for taught postgraduate qualifications, including postgraduate certificates and diplomas, bachelors degrees with honours, and taught masters papers Research-based** postgraduate qualifications, including masters' theses/dissertations of 1.0 EFTS or more for masters and doctoral study Foreign student enrolments in research-based postgraduate qualifications 

Arts [#03],

Social Sciences [#03]

$6,196 $6,196 $7,820 $8,271 $3,439

General [#5.2],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$6,196        
B   

 

 

Computer Science [#06]

Fine Arts; Design [#12]

Health-related Professions [#17]

 $9,478 $9,478   $12,050 $12,955 $6,304 
Music and Performing Arts [#16]   $9,478 $12,050 $12,955 $6,304

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

Architecture (non-degree) [#02]

 $9,478        

Medical Imaging [#25]

Occupational Therapy [#28]

   $9,478      

Clinical Psychology [#34]

    $12,050    
C Engineering, Technology [#11]

Health Sciences [#13]

 $11,395  $11,395 $14,482   $15,586  $7,530
Architecture (degree) [#02]   $11,395 $14,482 $15,586 $7,530
Vocational Training for Industry $11,395        
Speech Language Therapy [#32]   $11,395 $14,482    

Midwifery [#27]

Physiotherapy [#29]

Medical Laboratory Science [#33]

  $11,395      
Audiology [#35]     $14,482    

G

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine (postgraduate only) [#15]

Dentistry (postgraduate only) [#07] 

     $26,416  $26,416

$6,847

H Agriculture and Horticulture (degree) [#01]

Specialist Large Animal Science [#39]

  $20,547

 

$25,913 $27,189 $5,296
I Teaching [#19.1]

Teaching [#19.2]

Teaching [#20]

$8,828 $8,828 $11,085 $11,534 $3,439
J

Business, Accountancy [#04]

Law [#14]

$6,196 $6,196 $7,820 $8,271 $3,439

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$6,196        
L Osteopathy, Acupuncture [#3.1] $10,650 $10,650 $13,427 $14,331 $7,024

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

Agriculture and Horticulture (non-degree) [#01]

$10,650        

Nursing [#24]

  $10,650      
M Pilot Training [#11.2]

Optometry [#13.1]

Dental Therapy [#17.3]

$13,563 $15,454 $19,405  $20,664  $8,851 
Pharmacy [#31]   $15,454      

Priority Engineering [#11.1]

$12,643 $12,643  $15,904 $17,117  $8,269

Dietetics [#36] 

    $15,904 $17,117 $8,269

O

Not valid for PTEs

Medical Radiation Therapy [#30]    $18,342       
P Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

Trades 2 [#22]

$10,238         

Q

Not valid for PTEs

 

Veterinary Science [#23]

  $27,796  $27,796  $27,796  $6,847 

Veterinary Science (years 3–5) [#23.3] 

  $27,796      

R

Not valid for PTEs

Dentistry

(undergraduate  years 2-5 ) [#07]

  $52,207       

S

Not valid for PTEs

Foreign-Going Nautical [#38] $18,854         

T

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine undergraduate (years 2-3 ) [#15]    $43,048       

U

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine undergraduate (years 4–6) [#37]    $43,048      
V  Science [#18] $11,081 $13,542  $17,072 $18,220  $7,308 

 

Note: For detailed information, and to ensure the course classification you enter in STEO is valid, see the SAC 1-39 Course Classification Guide (PDF, 332 Kb).

**Note: Numeric code 4: the SAC level 3 and above definition for “research-based”, and therefore eligible to attract numeric code 4 funding rates, is that the research component comprises at least 1.0 EFTS.

2017 – SAC level three and above funding rates

The table below provides an overview of the funding rates available by the alphabetic and numeric codes (categories) for different course classifications. The rates apply from 1 January to 31 December 2017.

Increases in funding rates

Budget 2016 included targeted increases to SAC tuition rates at degree-level and above for science, agriculture and horticulture, and veterinary science, as well as an increase for undergraduate medicine. It also increased all sub-degree rates (for SAC Level 3 and above) by 2%.

Specifically:

  • Science [#18]: degree-level and above increased by approximately 5% for funding categories V2-V4
  • Agriculture and Horticulture [#01] and Large Animal Science [#39]: degree-level and above increased by approximately 16% for funding categories H2-H4
  • Undergraduate Medicine: the rate for years 2-3 [#15] was aligned with the rate for years 4-6 [#37]
  • Veterinary Science: the rates for all veterinary science were aligned, and are now funded at the same rate
  • Sub-degree tuition rates: the level 1 categories for sub-degree tuition were increased by 2%, aligning most with the degree-level rate:
    • funding categories A1, B1, C1, I1, J1, L1, and N1 were aligned with the A2, B2, C2, I2, J2, L2, and N2 rates, and
    • funding categories M1, P1, S1, and V1 increased by 2%.

All Subsectors (GST Exclusive) 

 

Numeric code (category) (classification by level and content of study)
    1 2 3 4 5

Alphabetic code (category)
(classification by grouped course classifications)

Course classification (1-39)*

Courses designed for non-degree qualifications with no research requirement, including certificates and diplomas Courses designed for undergraduate degree qualifications, including bachelors degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas Courses designed for taught postgraduate qualifications, including postgraduate certificates and diplomas, bachelors degrees with honours, and taught masters papers Research-based** postgraduate qualifications, including masters' theses/dissertations of 1.0 EFTS or more for masters and doctoral study Foreign student enrolments in research-based postgraduate qualifications 
A

Arts [#03],

Social Sciences [#03],

General [#5.2],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$6,135 $6,135 $7,743 $8,189 $3,405
B Computer Science [#06]

Fine Arts; Design [#12]

Health-related Professions [#17]

Music and Performing Arts [#16]

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

Architecture (non-degree) [#02]

Medical Imaging [#25]

Occupational Therapy [#28]

Clinical Psychology [#34]

 $9,384 $9,384   $11,931 $12,827 $6,242 
C Engineering, Technology [#11]

Health Sciences [#13]

Architecture (degree) [#02]

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

Midwifery [#27]

Physiotherapy [#29]

Speech Language Therapy [#32]

Medical Laboratory Science [#33]

Audiology [#35]

 $11,282  $11,282 $14,339   $15,432  $7,455

G

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine (postgraduate only) [#15]

Dentistry (postgraduate only) [#07] 

     $26,154  $26,154

$6,779

H Agriculture and Horticulture (degree) [#01]

Specialist Large Animal Science [#39]

  $20,344

 

$25,656 $26,920 $5,244
I Teaching [#19.1]

Teaching [#19.2]

Teaching [#20]

$8,741 $8,741 $10,975 $11,420 $3,405
J

Business, Accountancy [#04]

Law [#14]

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$6,135 $6,135 $7,743 $8,189 $3,405
L Osteopathy, Acupuncture [#3.1]

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

Agriculture and Horticulture (non-degree) [#01]

Nursing [#24]

$10,545 $10,545 $13,294 $14,189 $6,954
M Pilot Training [#11.2]

Dental Therapy [#17.3]

Optometry [#13.1]

Pharmacy [#31]

$13,429 $15,301 $19,213  $20,459  $8,763 
N

Priority Engineering [#11.1]

Dietetics [#36] 

$12,518 $12,518  $15,747 $16,948  $8,187 

O

Not valid for PTEs

Medical Radiation Therapy [#30]    $18,160       
P Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

Trades 2 [#22]

$10,137         

Q

Not valid for PTEs

Veterinary Science [#23]

Veterinary Science (years 3–5) [#23.3] 

  $27,521  $27,521  $27,521  $6,779 

R

Not valid for PTEs

Dentistry

(undergraduate years 2-5) [#07]

  $51,690       

S

Not valid for PTEs

Foreign-Going Nautical [#38] $18,667        

T

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine undergraduate (years 2-3 ) [#15]    $42,622       

U

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine undergraduate (years 4–6) [#37]    $42,622      
V  Science [#18] $10,971 $13,408 $16,903 $18,040 $7,236

 

*       Note: For detailed information, and to ensure the course classification you enter in STEO is valid, see the SAC 1-39 Course Classification Guide (PDF, 332 Kb).

**     Note: Numeric code 4: the SAC level 3 and above definition for “research-based” and therefore eligible to attract numeric code 4 funding rates, is that the research component comprises at least 1.0 EFTS.

2016 – SAC level three and above funding rates

Increases in funding rates

Budget 2015 increased funding rates for science, agriculture and selected health sciences at degree level and above. These Student Achievement Component (SAC) funding rates have been in effect from 1 January 2016 (unless replaced by new funding rates).

Specifically:

  • Science (#18): Degree level and above increased by 7.5% at funding rate levels V2-V4. 
  • Agriculture and Horticulture (#01): Degree level and above increased by ~21% by moving funding rate levels from SAC category M2-M5 to H2-H5. Non-degree level remained in funding rate category L. 
  • Pharmacy (#31) and Optometry (#13.1) (and all other Classifications in funding rate category M): funding rate levels M2-M5 increased by 5%. 
  • Physiotherapy (#29) received a 7% increase by moving funding rate level from SAC funding rate category L2 to C2.

All Subsectors (GST Exclusive) Level

Category and Subsector

Description 1 2 3 4 5
A

Arts [#03],

Social Sciences [#03],

General [#5.2],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$6,014 $6,135 $7,743 $8,189 $3,405 
B

Architecture (non-degree) [#02], Computer Science [#06], Fine Arts,

Design [#12], Music and Performing Arts [#16], Health-related Professions #17],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1], Medical Imaging [#25],

Occupational Therapy [#28], Clinical Psychology [#34]

 $9,200 $9,384  $11,931 $12,827 $6,242 
C

Architecture (degree) [#02], Engineering, Technology [#11],

Health Sciences [#13], Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1],

Midwifery [#27], Physiotherapy [#29], Speech Language Therapy [#32],

Medical Laboratory Science [#33], Audiology [#35]

 $11,060  $11,282 $14,339   $15,432  $7,455

G

Not valid for PTEs

Dentistry (postgraduate only) [#7],

Medicine (postgraduate only) [#15],

Veterinary Science [#23]

  $21,035  $26,154  $26,154

$6,779

H Agriculture and Horticulture (degree) [#01]

Specialist Large Animal Science [#39]

  $17,602

 

$22,198 $26,922 $5,244
I Teaching [#19, #20] $8,569 $8,741 $10,975 $11,420 $3,405
J

Business, Accountancy [#04], Law [#14],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$6,014 $6,135 $7,743 $8,189 $3,405
L

Agriculture and Horticulture (non degree) [#01],

Osteopathy, Acupuncture [#3.1],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1], Nursing [#24]

$10,338 $10,545 $13,294 $14,189 $6,954
M1 Pilot Training [#11.2]

Optometry [#13.1]

Dental Therapy [#17.3]

Pharmacy [#31]

$13,166 $15,301 $19,213  $20,459  $8,763 
N

Priority Engineering [#11.1]

Dietetics [#36] 

$12,272 $12,518  $15,747 $16,948  $8,187 

O

Not valid for PTEs

Medical Radiation Therapy [#30]    $18,160       
P

Trades 2 [#22]

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$9,938         

Q

Not valid for PTEs

Veterinary Science (years 3–5) [#23.3] 

  $27,521       

R

Not valid for PTEs

Dentistry undergraduate (years 2-5) [#07]

  $51,690       

S

Not valid for PTEs

Foreign-Going Nautical [#38] $18,301        

T

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine undergraduate (years 2-3) [#15]    $36,139      

U

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine undergraduate (years 4–6) [#37]    $42,622      
V  Science [#18] $10,756 $12,798  $16,134 $17,219  $7,236 

 

 1 Please note all classifications in category M received a funding increased in Budget 2015. 

2015 – SAC level three and above funding rates

All Subsectors (GST Exclusive) Level

Category and Subsector

Description 1 2 3 4 5
A

Arts [#03],

Social Sciences [#03],

General [#5.2],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$6,014 $6,135 $7,743 $8,189 $3,405 
B

Architecture (non-degree) [#02], Computer Science [#06], Fine Arts,

Design [#12], Music and Performing Arts [#16], Health-related Professions #17],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1], Medical Imaging [#25],

Occupational Therapy [#28], Clinical Psychology [#34]

 $9,200 $9,384  $11,931 $12,827 $6,242 
C

Architecture (degree) [#02], Engineering, Technology [#11],

Health Sciences [#13], Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1],

Midwifery [#27], Speech Language Therapy [#32],

Medical Laboratory Science [#33], Audiology [#35]

 $11,060  $11,282 $14,339   $15,432  $7,455

G

Not valid for PTEs

Dentistry (postgraduate only) [#7],

Medicine (postgraduate only) [#15],

Veterinary Science [#23]

  $21,035  $26,154  $26,154

$6,779

H

Specialist Large Animal Science [#39]

  $17,602

 

$22,198 $23,292 $5,244
I Teaching [#19, #20] $8,569 $8,741 $10,975 $11,420 $3,405
J

Business, Accountancy [#04], Law [#14],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$6,014 $6,135 $7,743 $8,189 $3,405
L

Agriculture and Horticulture (non degree) [#01],

Osteopathy, Acupuncture [#3.1],

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1], Nursing [#24], Physiotherapy [#29]

$10,338 $10,545 $13,294 $14,189 $6,954
M

Agriculture and Horticulture (degree) '#01],

Pilot Training [#11.2], Optometry [#13.1]

Dental Therapy [#17.3], Pharmacy [#31]

$13,166 $15,301 $19,213  $20,459  $8,763 
N

Priority Engineering [#11.1]

Dietetics [#36] 

$12,272 $12,518  $15,747 $16,948  $8,187 

O

Not valid for PTEs

Medical Radiation Therapy [#30]    $18,160       
P

Trades 2 [#22]

Vocational Training for Industry [#22.1]

$9,938         

Q

Not valid for PTEs

Veterinary Science (years 3–5) [#23.3] 

  $27,521       

R

Not valid for PTEs

Dentistry undergraduate (years 2-5) [#07]

  $51,690       

S

Not valid for PTEs

Foreign-Going Nautical [#38] $18,301        

T

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine undergraduate (years 2-3) [#15]    $36,139      

U

Not valid for PTEs

Medicine undergraduate (years 4–6) [#37]    $42,622      
V  Science [#18] $10,756 $11,905  $15,008 $16,018  $7,236