FAQs for Learners

FAQs for Learners

Last updated 14 October 2020
Last updated 14 October 2020

What study can I access free through TTAF?

You can see the list of eligible programmes and qualifications here.

Study includes targeted certificates, diplomas and micro-credentials at levels 3-7, targeted industry training, and all apprenticeships. 

Study in the following areas is covered by TTAF: 

  • All apprenticeships (registered qualifications as at 1 June 2020) 
  • Level 3-7 sub-degree programmes in targeted areas delivered by tertiary providers 
  • Industry training, outside of apprenticeships, in targeted areas. 

The targeted areas are: 

  • Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries and forestry; 
  • Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering; 
  • Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, care for people with disabilities, counselling (e.g. mental health and addiction support), interventions in family violence, and community health 
  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology; 
  • Electrical engineering; and 
  • Road transport (vehicle operations only). 

Who is eligible to access TTAF?

All domestic students eligible for government tuition subsidies are eligible to access TTAF.   

For provider-based study, this includes all New Zealand citizens or residence visa holders studying in New Zealand.   

For industry training at a workplace, anyone legally entitled to work in New Zealand can access TTAF.  

This means that people of all ages, regardless of their prior study, can access study or training opportunities through TTAF without having to pay fees.   

What should I do if I am not sure of my residency status?

Learners who need help determining their residency status can contact Immigration New Zealand through its contact centre on 0508 558 855. 

How long will my fees be covered for?

TTAF will cover fees from 1 July 2020* until 31 December 2022. 

*If you are enrolled at an NZIST subsidiary, Wānanga, Private Training Establishment or University, specific rules apply for courses that started before 1 July 2020 and continue after.

If you are enrolled with a Transitional Industry Training Organisation the proportion of study that occurs after 1 July 2020 will be covered; some fees relating to training during this period that were paid before 1 July 2019 may not be covered.

The diagram below explains which fees are covered:

Which fees are covered? Start date diagram for learners (PDF, 103Kb)

How can I take up these opportunities?

Contact tertiary education providers to find out about enrolment options in areas that interest you. They might not have all the details just yet as we are finalising the list of eligible programmes; more information is coming soon.  

Tertiary provider’s websites have information on what is delivered in your area and any other requirements for enrolling. Also information about courses and careers options is available on the careers website.   

If you are an employer with queries related to apprenticeships or other industry training for your staff, then contact the industry training organisation for your industry.

Do I need to apply to access the funding?

Learners do not need to apply to access TTAF funding. If you are enrolled in an eligible programme, then TTAF will automatically cover your fee costs. Your provider or training organisation will no longer require you to pay these fees. 

What fee costs are covered?

For those studying eligible programmes at tertiary providers, TTAF will cover: 

  • tuition fees 
  • compulsory course costs, and  
  • compulsory student services fees. 

For those within industry training (including apprenticeships), TTAF will cover fees for training and assessment. More information will be provided on this soon. 

Will I get a fee-refund if I have already paid my fees for courses from 1 July 2020?

Government agencies will work with Tertiary Education Organisations that have already received the fee payments for study or training that will now be covered by TTAF. This will include putting in place arrangements for fee-refunds or student loan reversals, if you have already borrowed fees through the student loan scheme. It may take time for the refunds to be made or student loan borrowing to be adjusted.  

If your fees were met through first-year’ Fees Free policy, for payments related to study or training that started after 1 July 2020, then your Fees Free entitlement will no longer be used. You do not need to apply to have your ‘first-year’ Fees Free record updated to make this adjustment. An administrative process will make the necessary amendments, and you will be able to access your remaining Fees Free entitlement on future study or training not covered by TTAF. It may take some time for your Fees Free record to show as updated.   

Can I access TTAF if I have already used my Fees Free entitlement?

Yes. You can access TTAF regardless of prior study you have done, including any study undertaken through the existing Fees Free funding.    

Will I still be eligible for Fees Free in the future if I access TTAF for courses starting from 1 July 2020?

Yes. If you access eligible programmes starting from 1 July 2020 for free through TTAF, this does not impact on, or use up, your entitlement to the existing Fees Free funding.

Are learners studying part time eligible?

Yes. TTAF does not require study or training to be completed on a full-time basis.

How much will I benefit?

This depends on the duration of your training, and in what area it is in, as these influence the cost of study that fees contribute to. Apprentices and learners within tertiary providers will save typically between $2,500 and $6,500 for training over a year.  

Will the targeted areas change in the future?

The targeted areas for July 2020 are the initial target areas, and will be reviewed to inform settings for 2021.  

The focus of TTAF is unlikely to change significantly. However, by drawing on updated labour market information, involving industry groups, and considering TEO suggestions, we can ensure the funding is targeting the right skills needs. Changes to the target areas for 2021 will be subject to approval by the Employment, Education, and Training Ministers. 

For more information on changes to the target areas please see the following FAQ: 

Does TTAF cover fees related to the recognition of prior learning (RPL)?

No, fees related to the recognition of prior learning are not covered under TTAF.

This means you may be charged fees for having your prior learning assessed by a transitional Industry Training Organisation or a registered assessor.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is also known as recognition of current competency (RCC) and assessment of prior learning (APL). Neither RPL, RCC, nor APL are covered under TTAF, which only funds the formal teaching and learning activities that lead to qualifications.

We suggest you ask your provider or transitional Industry Training Organisation to make it clear which fees are covered by the government under this fund, and which fees you may have to pay.

If the target areas change, will my programme continue be funded until the end of the scheme?

If you have enrolled in a programme determined to be eligible for funding between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2020, TTAF will continue to pay your fee costs until the end of 2022 (or until your study or training ends, whichever is earliest). Fees will be covered even if the areas targeted by TTAF change, resulting in an initially eligible programme becoming ineligible for future enrolments from 1 January 2021.