Fees–free tertiary education and your child

If you have a young person in your family thinking of doing some tertiary study, we have some great news.

From 1 January 2018,  the Government is committed to introducing one-year fees-free tertiary education and has already announced a $50 a week boost to student allowances and student loan living costs.

These changes will apply to any eligible young person enrolling in a university, a polytechnic, a wānanga, any other tertiary provider, or in industry training.

 The new initiatives  are the first step in the Government’s plan to roll out a full three years’ fees-free tertiary education for New Zealanders by 2024.

Final decisions on how the new fees-free policy will be implemented, and how eligibility will be defined, are currently under consideration.

Further information will be made available through the StudyLink website(external link) as soon as possible.

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

The Tertiary Education Commission is advising tertiary education organisations 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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