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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.

The Government has advised they intend to change the Fees Free policy from 2025. The details of the change are yet to be confirmed, and the update will be on the Fees Free website when they have more information. Fees Free policy settings for 2024 are unchanged.

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


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

With 120 points of fees-free study you could:

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