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Fees-free tertiary study – implementation underway

Fees-free tertiary study – implementation underway

Last updated 5 December 2017
Last updated 12/05/2017

The first implementation details for the Government’s fees-free initiative have been released by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) today.Fees Free Logo

From 1 January 2018, tertiary education will be fees-free for eligible first time tertiary learners.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins, released a statement on the initiative today.

The TEC is leading the fees-free implementation, says TEC Chief Executive Tim Fowler.

“We have been working closely with other agencies, including the Ministry of Social Development (StudyLink), Ministry of Education and Inland Revenue, to implement the changes needed for 2018.”

These changes are just the first step in the process as the Government will roll out a full programme of three years’ fees-free tertiary education for New Zealanders by 2024.

Learner eligibility criteria can be found at feesfree.govt.nz, a one-stop shop for learners who want to find out if they are eligible for either two years fees-free industry training or one year fees-free provider based study.

“Learners should have their National Student Number at hand to speed up the process for confirming eligibility.”

Tim Fowler said that on behalf of learners, the TEC will make bulk payments on defined dates throughout 2018 to cover the estimated cost of fees-free learner enrolments for the 2018 year.

“These bulk payments, which in most cases will be paid three months in advance, will streamline the process for TEOs. Over the next few weeks the TEC will be sending most  TEOs a Funding Confirmation Letter and a Fees Payment Agreement, setting out the terms by which the TEC will make the payments for eligible learners.”

 “As much as possible we are using existing data to minimise the extra work providers and industry training organisations have to do. Where necessary, the TEC will work with TEO to agree a bespoke solution for their organisation.”

More fees-free information for tertiary providers