Funding and payments

Funding and payments

Last updated 8 February 2022
Last updated 8 February 2022

This page sets out funding and payment information for the Adult Literacy Educator (ALE) Fund.


The Literacy and Numeracy 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 through a tertiary education organisation's (TEO's) Investment Plan (Plan).

A TEO that receives Adult Literacy Educator funding is required to:

Funding rate

We allocate Adult Literacy Educator funding to a TEO on the basis of a specified number of places in programmes leading to literacy and numeracy qualifications at level 5 on the NZQF. 

The funding rate is $2,069 per learner, as a grant to contribute to the learner's fees. 

From 1 January 2022 the funding rate per learner will increase by 1.2% to $2,094.


Payments are made in equal monthly instalments.

Funding wash-ups

The 2021 methodology and technical specifications for the calculation of funding wash-ups can be found in the Calculating the 2021 wash-up document.

Calculating the 2021 wash-up (PDF, 1.2 Mb)