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Funding your Tertiary study


Fees-free is managed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Students can check if they can get fees-free study at

Find out more about the eligibility for fees-free.

How to check if a student can get fees-free study
Students can go to and enter their National Student Number (NSN) to check. The majority of secondary school students should receive a 'yes - you are eligible' response.

If a student receives a 'we are not sure' response, they may need to provide further information to TEC. The frees-free website will let them know what they need to do.

How does a student apply for fees-free?
Students don't need to apply for fees-free.

Once the student has enrolled, TEC will check the student's details and if eligible, will pay the fees directly to the tertiary education provider or industry training organisation. They can pay up to a maximum of $12,000 incl GST per year.

Does a student still need to apply to StudyLink?
If a student only needs their fees paid they won't need to apply for a Student Loan unless their fees are over $12,000.

If a student wants to apply for a Student Allowance or the living and course-related costs parts of a Student Loan they'll still need to apply to StudyLink. If you've got any further questions you can check out the fees-free website or call the fees-free helpline on 0800 687 775.




If you're in your final year of secondary school and thinking about starting tertiary education next year we can help. Complete this form and closer to the time we'll send you information about the application process and when to apply.

Thinking about further study?

Students planning to continue study after they leave school have a lot of choices to make.

Sussed Online will get you on your way. Will it be broadband and baked beans, or dial-up and dining out? Part-time job or parents helping? Hear from students about their experiences and the choices you will need to make. You’ll also learn more about StudyLink and what we do along the way.

There are some really important decisions to make. A little effort, planning and commitment now can turn into exciting jobs, higher wages and only having to pay back what you really needed to borrow to get there.

Let's figure out what things you'll need for your tertiary education, and how you might pay for them.

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University Scholarships for Year 13 Students

MoneyHub has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start tertiary study. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students.

A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.

For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page

The scholarship page is free to use and always will be. Unlike GivMe, students can access the information at home and on their mobiles etc. We have a comprehensive number of tips for application success as well, designed to make the application process less stressful for your students.