Fees-free for new students

The government's fees-free policy applies to students who are new to tertiary education. The policy covers one year's full-time study (or 120 points, which can take more than a year if you study part-time) and has no age limit.

2019 will be the second year of the fees-free policy. If you started in 2018 but haven't enrolled in 120 points yet, your fees-free eligibility will roll over into the new year.

Check your eligibility: If you know your National Student Number (NSN), see if you qualify for fees-free at

How far could a year's free university study could take you?

With 120 points of fees-free study you could:

  • Start a bachelors degree.
  • See if your significant professional experience can make you eligible for direct admission to a postgraduate diploma or masters degree.
  • Complete an undergraduate certificate or diploma.