SAC levels 1 and 2 (non-competitive)

Eligibility

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TEO eligibility

To be eligible to receive Student Achievement Component (SAC) funding for provision at levels 1 and 2 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), non-competitive allocation (for this website page, referred to as SAC(NC)), a tertiary education organisation (TEO) must be:

  • an institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP)
  • a wānanga
  • a university, or
  • a private training establishment (PTE).

The TEO must be quality assured by:

See Condition SACNC/002 and Condition SACNC/003 for more information.

Programme eligibility

To be eligible for SAC(NC) funding, a course must meet the objectives of foundation level tertiary education, and:

The courses, training schemes or NCEA (except for qualifications in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or Te Reo Māori) must include embedded literacy and numeracy, and use the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool to assess students’ literacy and numeracy gains.

For qualifications in ESOL, in 2015 the TEC requires the TEO to use “Starting Points” to assess literacy and numeracy needs and measure progress.  More information about Starting Points can be found at the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults resources page.

All of these types of foundation-level SAC(NC) courses must be delivered by tutors who hold an appropriate qualification such as the National Certificate in Adult Literacy Education (Vocational).

See Condition SACNC/006 for the criteria for programmes to be eligible for SAC(NC) funding.

Programme eligibility - general restrictions

SAC(NC) funding is not available for programmes of study or training for health and safety or regulatory compliance learning, or where students will only enrol in the parts of the programme that relate to health and safety or regulatory compliance learning.

See Condition SACNC/006 for the full details of ineligible programmes.

Programme eligibility – restrictions on fees

TEOs providing SAC(NC)-funded courses, training schemes or NCEA provision must not charge a fee in 2015 to a student who is under the age of 25 years at the time the course, training scheme or NCEA provision begins.

Additionally, TEOs providing SAC(NC)-funded courses, training schemes or NCEA provision must not charge a fee in 2015 that is higher than the last time that course, training scheme or NCEA provision was offered and a fee was charged.

See Condition SACNC/026 for the full details of what the term “fee” includes.

Student eligibility

Valid domestic enrolments

The amount of SAC(NC) funding that a TEO consumes is determined by the number of valid domestic students enrolled at the TEO. The number of valid domestic student enrolments is measured in EFTS and only valid domestic enrolments are able to attract SAC(NC) funding.

For the purposes of calculating the amount of SAC(NC) funding, a “valid domestic enrolment” refers to the enrolment of a student who is:

See Condition SACNC/017 for student eligibility criteria, including:

Students aged under 16 years old

A student aged under 16 years old at the time that the programme of study or training begins is considered a valid domestic enrolment if:

  • the TEO is satisfied that the student is capable of completing the academic requirements of the programme
  • the TEO has ensured that the student has a school exemption certificate from the Ministry of Education
  • if the student is enrolled in secondary school at the time the programme of study or training starts, the TEO has ensured that the student's principal has signed a letter that approves the programme and specifies that:
    •  the student is not required to be absent from school during school hours, or
    • if the student is required to be absent from school during school hours for more than five hours per week, the school will seek reduced funding for the student
  • if the student is home schooled at the time that the programme of study or training starts, the TEO has ensured that the parent who is primarily responsible for the home schooling has signed a letter that approves the study or training.

Students studying outside New Zealand

A student studying outside New Zealand is considered a valid domestic enrolment if:

  • the student is:
    • a domestic student
    • a New Zealand citizen, who is resident overseas
    • enrolled in a course(s) leading to the award of a recognised qualification offered by a New Zealand TEO
    • enrolled at a New Zealand campus of a New Zealand TEO; and
  • the student is not:
    • resident overseas and enrolled at an overseas campus established by a New Zealand TEO
    • a domestic student who is travelling overseas and enrolled with an overseas tertiary education provider
    • resident overseas and receiving tuition primarily through an overseas site of a TEO, regardless of the site at which the student is enrolled.

New Zealand residents who are residing overseas

The funding mechanism (PDF, 832 Kb) specifies that to be a valid domestic enrolment the student must be studying in New Zealand. For the purposes of SAC(NC) funding, a New Zealand resident who is not residing in New Zealand is not considered a valid domestic enrolment and is not eligible to attract SAC(NC) funding. 

Records of valid domestic enrolments

TEOs are required to keep records that show a student is a valid domestic enrolment.  See the Enrolment page for more information, and Condition SACNC/018 and Condition SACNC/019

Invalid domestic enrolments - inducements

Even if the student meets the criteria above, the enrolment is not valid if it has been secured by way of an inducement.  An inducement is where a student is motivated to enrol at a TEO by the prospect of a physical item, financial benefit, or personal advantage not directly related to the attainment of that qualification. See Condition SACNC/022 and further information on the Enrolment page for further definitions about scholarships and inducements.

The TEC recommends that a TEO contacts us before offering items or activities for enrolling at the TEO. 

Limits on the numbers of students with prior achievement at level 1 or 2

In order to ensure that foundation learning is delivered to those who need it most, it is government policy that the number of students who can receive SAC(NC)-funded provision at foundation levels, who have already achieved at foundation levels, is limited.

A TEO must only enrol a student in SAC(NC)-funded provision if he or she does not already hold a qualification at level 2 or higher on the NZQF, unless the student is participating in a qualification in ESOL or Te Reo Māori or the TEO has not reached the threshold of enrolments of students with prior attainment.

For qualifications other than ESOL or Te Reo Māori in 2015:

  • for all enrolments in provision at levels 1 and 2 at any TEO, except for enrolments in mātauranga Māori qualifications at wānanga, students who already hold a qualification at level 2 or higher on the NZQF (or equivalent) may comprise no more than 10% of enrolments at each TEO; and
  • for enrolments in mātauranga Māori qualifications at wānanga, students who already hold a qualification at level 2 or higher on the NZQF (or equivalent) may comprise no more than 20% of enrolments at each wānanga.

For qualifications other than ESOL or Te Reo Māori in 2016:

  • for all enrolments in provision at levels 1 and 2 at any TEO, except for enrolments in mātauranga Māori qualifications at wānanga, students who already hold a qualification at level 2 or higher on the NZQF (or equivalent) may comprise no more than 10% of enrolments at each TEO; and
  • for enrolments in mātauranga Māori qualifications at wānanga, students who already hold a qualification at level 2 or higher on the NZQF (or equivalent) may comprise no more than 10% of enrolments at each wānanga.
See Condition SACNC/023 for more information.
  • Last changed: 7 April 2015
  • Last verified: 7 April 2015