From the 1st of January 2018 all New Zealand students who finished school in 2017, 2018 or 2019, qualify for a year of free provider based tertiary education.
Adults who have previously studied for less than half a year full-time of tertiary education or industry training also will qualify for fees free.
This fees-free quick guide will assist you in determining whether you are eligible and also provide more information on what is covered by fees-free. Fees-free FAQ can be found here: www.feesfree.govt.nz/faqs/
You can also use your National Student Number (NSN) to check your eligiblity at feesfree.govt.nz.
Please note: Even if you are eligible for fees-free, you may still want to borrow course-related costs and living costs through a student loan. StudyLink's advice is to make your application as soon as possible.
For the most up to date information regarding student loans and allowances, please visit the StudyLink website.