Student Achievement Component levels 1 and 2

Student Achievement Component levels 1 and 2

Last updated 29 June 2018
Last updated 29 June 2018

The Student Achievement Component (SAC) is the Government’s contribution towards the cost of teaching and learning services for students enrolled at a tertiary education organisation (TEO).

Students must be studying towards a qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

The SAC comprises two funds: the SAC – Provision at Level 3 and above on the NZQF Fund (SAC level 3 and above), and the SAC – Qualifications at Levels 1 and 2 on the NZQF Fund (SAC levels 1 and 2).

Information on these pages relates to SAC levels 1 and 2 funding, comprising:

  • SAC levels 1 and 2 competitively allocated funding, and
  • SAC levels 1 and 2 non-competitively allocated funding.

2019 funding

From 2019, all SAC levels 1 and 2 funding will be allocated through the investment plan process.

Funding rates for 2019 SAC levels 1 and 2 provision have been decided. Refer to the:

Funding for foundation education, including SAC levels 1 and 2 funding:

  • provides a low cost way for people who do not have essential foundation skills to achieve these skills
  • supports students to progress to higher levels of study and gain skilled employment
  • builds the literacy and numeracy skills of eligible students
  • enables beginner students to learn English or Te Reo Māori, and
  • supports TEOs that can best meet the needs of foundation education students.

Information about SAC level 3 and above funding is available on the SAC level 3 and above webpages (including information about SAC levels 3 and 4 (Competitive) funding).

In addition see:

  • Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) funding for information about the Government’s provision for fees-free SAC-funded tertiary education places for Māori and Pasifika students (to acquire the skills needed to enter into a New Zealand Apprenticeship or equivalent), and
  • Performance-linked funding for information about linking a portion of SAC funding to TEO performance.

Key changes for 2018 (summarised)

Learning hours

We have clarified our requirements for entering learning hours information into the Services for Tertiary Education Organisations (STEO) learning hours fields. See Learning hours, under Duration, under Information about qualifications, on the Qualifications and courses page.

Recognition of learning / prior achievement

We have better aligned our information with NZQA’s guidelines. See Recognition of learning / prior achievement on the Enrolment, and Funding and payments pages.


Key resources:

Other resources include: