Advising learners

Advising learners

Last updated 30 October 2019
Last updated 30 October 2019

This page sets out what you should advise learners about their Fees Free eligibility and how Student Loans work with Fees Free.

Eligibility

Learners need to go to feesfree.govt.nz to check their eligibility

Once a learner has entered their National Student Number (NSN), the website returns one of the following results:

  • Yes – the learner is eligible for Fees Free.
  • No – the learner isn’t eligible for Fees Free.
  • Maybe (unknown) – we’re not sure if the learner is eligible for Fees Free.
  • 2018 Starter – the learner is eligible and has been reported as undertaking Fees Free eligible study and/or training in 2018.
  • 2019 Starter – the learner is eligible and has been reported as undertaking Fees Free eligible study and/or training in 2019.

Learners with an unknown eligibility status - the statutory declaration process

If a learner receives a ‘maybe’ result but knows they meet the eligibility criteria, they need to complete and submit a statutory declaration before we can recognise them as eligible for Fees Free. They must submit a statutory declaration by midnight 31 December of their first calendar year of study or training.

The statutory declaration process requires learners to return a witnessed declaration to the TEC for verification, attesting to their eligibility for Fees Free.

Once we’ve received a statutory declaration form, we update the Fees Free Eligibility spreadsheet on your Workspace 2 to confirm whether the learner is eligible or not. This process may take up to two business days.

How Student Loans and Allowances work with Fees Free

Learners undertaking provider-based study who aren’t eligible for Fees Free, or eligible learners whose fees exceed $12,000, are able to apply for a Student Loan and/or Student Allowance.

For more information on Student Loans and Allowances see StudyLink website.

Please note, learners undertaking industry training are not eligible for a Student Loan or Student Allowance.

Read more about how fees-free is applied to high cost courses such as approved aviation programmes for pilot training. (PDF, 612 Kb)