Fees-free tertiary education policy

Fees-free tertiary education policy

Last updated 21 November 2017
Last updated 21 November 2017

The Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) is working closely with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Development (StudyLink) and Inland Revenue (IR) to implement one of the Government’s 'first 100 days' policies for tertiary education: the introduction of one year of fees-free tertiary education.

Education Minister, Chris Hipkins, has today announced a big first step towards making tertiary education and training more affordable for all New Zealanders.

As part of its first 100-days programme, the Government has announced a $50 a week boost to both student allowances and loan entitlements for living costs. 

Of particular interest to tertiary education organisations (TEOs) Mr Hipkins also said the Government is on track to deliver the first year of fees-free education and training from 1 January next year.

Final decisions on the fees-free policy are being worked through. The Government expects to be in a position to make announcements soon, including providing details on student eligibility and more information for TEOs on how the policy will be implemented.

The changes for 2018 are just the first step in the process as the Government rolls out a full programme of three years’ fees-free tertiary education for New Zealanders by 2024.

New Zealand Government Press Release on fees-free tertiary study (21 November 2017)

Further information will be made available as soon as possible, on the TEC website, and on the StudyLink website.

Until then, StudyLink is encouraging students to apply for their tertiary study by 16 December 2017 and to provide their supporting documents promptly, to ensure their applications are sorted for the start of the 2018 academic year.

TEOs are advised to continue enrolling students using current processes. This includes advising students to continue with their applications for student loans and allowances.

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