Interactions with other Funds

Interactions with other Funds

Last updated 18 January 2023
Last updated 18 January 2023

This page provides information about how Fees Free interacts with other funds, as well as student loans and scholarships.

TTAF interaction with Fees Free

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supported learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022.

See the list of programmes and qualifications eligible for the TTAF

Qualifications and programmes included in the TTAF target areas are excluded from Fees Free. In other words, where both could apply, the learner’s fees are funded by the TTAF in the first instance, and not through Fees Free.

Learners undertaking courses or programmes fully covered by the TTAF:

  • did not use their Fees Free entitlement on this learning; and
  • will not have this learning count as prior study or training when determining Fees Free eligibility in future years.

If a learner is eligible for Fees Free and has undertaken a course or programme fully covered by the TTAF, they will still be entitled to the full Fees Free entitlement (the lower of $12,000, or 1 EFTS of tertiary education, or two years of work-based learning) for any additional eligible study they undertake. If the learner has used some of their Fees Free entitlement prior to TTAF, then they will be able to access their remaining entitlement after TTAF.

Courses and programmes covered entirely by the TTAF do not need to be reported in your Fees Free returns.

Some courses and programmes may only be partially covered by the TTAF, depending on when they start, or when they end. Where a course or programme is partially covered by the TTAF, Fees Free may cover the remaining fees. Find more information below.

TTAF eligible Provider-based courses starting before 1 July 2020            

When a learner who is eligible for Fees Free was enrolled  in a TTAF eligible course that began before 1 July 2020, this is how their course fees and EFTS were allocated between Fees Free and TTAF.

Course Start Date

Percentage of course post 1 July

Included in TTAF

Included in Fees Free

1 January – 30 April 2020

50% to less than 75%

50%

50%

1 January – 30 April 2020

75% or more

100%

0%

1 May – 30 June 2020

33% or more

100%

0%


TEOs should report the full fees and EFTS for each course in their Fees Free return. The TEC will apportion these fees and EFTS automatically when calculating Fees Free allocations and entitlement use, to ensure the correct amount has been covered. TEOs do not need to complete this calculation themselves.

TTAF eligible provider-based courses starting before 1 January 2021

For SAC 3+ funded courses that were eligible for TTAF funding from 1 January 2021 as a result of the new target areas, the TTAF will cover courses in eligible programmes and qualifications that start on or after 1 January 2021.

The TTAF will cover 100% of the fees for courses in newly eligible programmes for 2021 that:

  • start in November or December 2020 where one third or more of the course occurs after 1 January 2021; or
  • start between 1 July and 31 October 2020 where at least 75% of the course occurs after 1 January 2021.

The TTAF will also cover 50% of the fees for courses in newly eligible programmes for 2021 that start between 1 July and 31 October 2020 where at least 50% but less than 75% of the course occurs after 1 January 2021.

TEOs should report the full fees and EFTS for each course in their Fees Free return. The TEC will apportion these fees and EFTS automatically when calculating Fees Free allocations and entitlement use, to ensure the correct amount has been covered. TEOs do not need to complete this calculation themselves.

TTAF eligible provider-based courses finishing after 31 December 2022

The TTAF will end on 31 December 2022. Where a course that is eligible for TTAF starts in 2022 and ends after 31 December 2022, the TEC will apportion fees based on the portion of the course that occurs before 31 December 2022, based on the total number of days in the course. This will be calculated using the course start and end dates recorded in the SDR, and the course fees recorded in STEO. 

TTAF will pay the full fees where:

  • The course starts prior to 1 January 2023 and ends on or before 31 January 2023; or
  • The amount payable by the learner is calculated to be a $10 or less.

The TTAF will also cover 100% of any student services fees associated with enrolments that start in 2022 (i.e. we will not apportion the student services fees).

Where TTAF will not cover the full fees and the learner is eligible for Fees Free, Fees Free may cover the remaining amount. For more information, see our guidance for TEOs on the end of the TTAF (PDF, 505 KB).

TEOs should report the full fees and EFTS for each course in their Fees Free return. The TEC will apportion these fees and EFTS automatically when calculating Fees Free allocations and entitlement use, to ensure the correct amount has been covered. TEOs do not need to complete this calculation themselves.

MPTT and YG interaction with Fees Free

How MPTT and YG funded study affects learner entitlement use


The settings for how MPTT and YG funded study is treated within Fees Free has changed over the years. Whether the study counts towards learner entitlement use depends on when the learner started their MPTT or YG course.
The following table outlines the settings for 2018 through to current year.

MPTT or YG course start/end date

Outcome

Starts between 1 January and 31 December 2018

For YG only:

This study will not count towards the use of a learner’s Fees Free entitlement.

For MPTT only:

This study will count towards the use of a learner's Fees Free entitlement.

Starts on, or after, 1 January 2019, and ends prior to 30 June 2020

This study will count towards the use of a learner's Fees Free entitlement.

Starts on, or after, 1 January 2020 and continues after 1 July 2020

The study will be portioned based on the duration of the course. See table below.

Starts on, or after, 1 July 2020

The study will not count towards the use of a learner's Fees Free entitlement.

  • The following table outlines the calculation for how much of a YG/MPTT funded course is counted towards Fees Free entitlement use when the course starts prior to 1 July 2020 and finishes on or after 1 July 2020.  

Course start date

Percentage of course post 1 July

Proportion of course that counts towards entitlement use

1 January - 30 April 2020

Less than 50%

100%

1 January - 30 April 2020

50% to less than 75%

50%

1 January - 30 April 2020

75% or more

0%

1 May - 30 June 2020

33% or more

0%

1 May - 30 June 2020

Less than 33%

100%

  • MPTT or YG courses that started on or after 1 July 2020 will not be counted towards a learner's Fees Free entitlement use.
  • Learners will not need to contact the TEC for this to be reflected in their Fees Free entitlement use.  
  • Reporting YG and MPTT: Where a course is partially or fully counted towards Fees Free entitlement, TEOs should report the full course EFTS in their Fees Free returns. TEC will apportion the EFTS for the learner as per the rules above. TEOs do not need to report YG/MPTT courses that started after 1 July 2020 in their Fees Free return. If reported, these courses will fail validation and will not use a learners entitlement use.

How YG and MPTT affects Fees Free eligibility

  • To be eligible for Fees Free, a learner must not have undertaken more than half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education (0.5 equivalent full-time student (EFTS) or 60 credits) at level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework (NZQCF), including tertiary education at an equivalent level undertaken in any country. This is known as the prior study and training criteria.
  • Credits obtained from MPTT or YG courses that start on, or after 1 July 2020 will not be included as part of the 60 credits counted for the prior study and training criteria. 
  • Therefore, if a learner enrols in an MPTT or YG course that started on or after 1 July 2020, this study will not impact their eligibility for Fees Free tertiary education, under current policy settings.

Student Loans and Allowances and Fees Free

Learners undertaking provider-based study who aren’t eligible for Fees Free, or eligible learners whose fees exceed $12,000, may be able to apply for a Student Loan to cover their compulsory fees.

Read more about how Fees Free is applied to high cost courses such as approved aviation programmes for pilot training (PDF, 261 KB).

Fees Free does not cover accommodation costs, or optional and occasional costs associated with tertiary study. Learners eligible for Fees Free may still wish to apply for a student loan or allowance to cover their accommodation or non-compulsory course related costs.

For more information on Student Loans and Allowances see StudyLink website.

Please note, learners undertaking work-based learning are not eligible for a Student Loan or Student Allowance.

Scholarships and Fees Free

Eligible learners cannot opt to pay fees, either themselves or using a scholarship or student loan, and bank their Fees Free entitlement for future use. If a learner is eligible for Fees Free and is undertaking eligible study, they are automatically using their Fees Free entitlement. If your organisation administers a scholarship that covers compulsory fees for first year study, we recommend allowing Fees Free eligible learners the flexibility to use their scholarships for living or course-related costs other than compulsory fees, or in the second year of study. This will enable Fees Free eligible recipients to benefit from both the scholarship and Fees Free.