Last updated 23 February 2023
Last updated 23 February 2023

For the full eligibility requirements, see the Equity funding conditions.

Is my organisation eligible?

Most tertiary education organisations (TEOs) do not need to provide any additional information to the TEC before receiving Equity funding. We calculate and distribute Equity funding based on SDR data on key indicators and evidence for learner cohorts that have been underserved by the tertiary system. For 2023, all eligible TEOs will receive Equity funding if any of their learners fall under these two elements:

  • Māori and Pacific learners
  • Disabled learners.

We expect TEOs to:

  • actively consider how they will use this funding to supplement other investments to ensure the success of all learners
  • include these plans in their normal Investment Plan round documentation, including Learner Success Plans
  • be prepared to discuss their approach with their Relationship Manager/Advisor.

Providers will not be eligible to receive Equity funding if they receive a final 2023 zero allocation in DQ1-2 and DQ7+ funds.

If you are a new provider in 2023, and receive DQ1-2 and DQ7+, we will use your 2023 April delivery data to calculate your 2023 Equity funding allocation. This will be confirmed with you in May 2023. You will receive your Equity payments monthly from June 2023. If any adjustments are needed, these will be calculated following the August and December data returns.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for Equity funding for 2023, please contact our Customer Contact Group on 0800 601 301 or email customerservice@tec.govt.nz.