Funding and payments

Funding and payments

Last updated 4 March 2024
Last updated 4 March 2024

How Gateway funding is calculated and payments are made. The information also includes funding washups (recoveries), funding allocation and the process for decreasing enrolments.

Indicative allocation information

Your latest Gateway indicative funding allocation can be found in Ngā Kete

To understand the number of places your indicative allocation dollar value relates to, use the 2024 Funding rate sliding scale (XLSX 21 KB).

Next steps:

  • Please see the information below (under ‘Funding’) if you wish to access additional Gateway funding, or decrease your schools funding allocation.
  • If youre happy with your indicative allocation, you dont need to do anything else right now.  

Need help to access Ngā Kete?

If your school doesn’t have access to Ngā Kete, please complete the Ngā Kete application form.

We recommend you register with a generic email address, so your school can continue to access Ngā Kete if a designated Gateway Coordinator leaves your school.





The Gateway funding mechanism is issued by the Minister responsible for tertiary education. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for us to allocate the funding and what the funding can be used for, and details how we administer the fund.

Funding is agreed off-Plan via a funding confirmation letter. A school that receives Gateway funding is required to:

We provide Gateway funding so schools can meet the costs of arranging and managing workplace learning for enrolled students, including workplace assessment.

A school can either manage the Gateway programme itself, or use a broker to provide all or part of the programme on its behalf.

While a school may use the funding to meet the costs of a broker, Gateway funding is not to be used to pay for students to attend courses provided by tertiary education organisations. The value of the programme lies in the way it supports students’ transition into the workplace .

Accessing new or additional Gateway funding

If your school would like to apply for Gateway funding for the first time, or would like to increase its next year’s allocation, please apply before 31 August. We assess applications in September for the following calendar year.

With a limited amount of funding to allocate, we consider applications from new schools only if enough funding is available.

To ensure your school can deliver a high-quality Gateway programme, read these web pages and the Gateway Handbook (PDF 404 KB).

To apply, please complete the Gateway Additional Funding Application Form (XLSX 70 KB).

For more information about applying, please contact our Customer Contact Group.   

Funding allocation 

When allocating Gateway funding, we consider:

  • whether a school is eligible
  • the appropriate number of Gateway students for the school, based on previous delivery levels, and
  • average unit standard credit achievement by students on the Gateway programmes the school offers. 

Gateway funding is allocated per place on a sliding scale – as the number of places increases, the amount of funding per place decreases.

For more details see the Gateway Handbook (PDF 404 KB).

2023 funding per place

Full details of the payment rates are available in Gateway – 2023 Funding rate sliding scale (XLSX 20 KB).

These rates include a general 2.75% increase to funding for 2023.

2024 funding per place

Full details of the payments rates are available in Gateway – 2024 Funding rate sliding scale (XLSX 21 KB)

These rates include a general 5% increase to funding for 2024. 

Decreasing your funded Gateway places 

You can ask to reduce your funded Gateway places if you are likely to enrol fewer students in the programme than you agreed to.

If your school knows it won’t use all of its Gateway allocation for a particular year, please contact the Customer Contact Group as soon as you can.

To apply for a reduction in Gateway places, complete our Proposal for decreased places form (DOC 40 KB) (Word, 40 Kb) and email it to our Customer Contact Group


Gateway funding is paid in monthly instalments. The payment amounts are in equal instalments from January to June, and in equal instalments from July to December.

Funding allocation

Indicative allocation

The indicative allocation is our early estimate of the “On-Plan” funding that each tertiary education organisation (TEO) could receive in the following delivery year if its Investment Plan is approved for funding.

We calculate the indicative allocation using a set of allocation methodologies. These methodologies are specific to each fund. We review and revise them every year to ensure they’re aligned to funding determinations and the current tertiary environment.

Indicative allocations are made available through the My Allocations and Payments app on Ngā Kete from 1 June.

For more information, see Indicative allocations by year.

For more details regarding your specific allocation, please contact or your Relationship Manager.

Funding wash-ups

The methodology and technical specifications for the calculation of funding wash-ups can be found in the relevant Global Wash-up Methodology document.

For more information, see Funding wash-ups by year

Suspending or revoking Gateway funding

If we are satisfied on reasonable grounds that a school has not met or is not meeting the conditions on funding we may revoke or suspend the funding under Schedule 18 Clause 26 of the Education and Training Act 2020.