Fees & funding

Don't let the cost of education put you off studying – there are lots of ways to study for free or get funding to reduce your tuition fees. Plus, if you’re a first-year domestic student, you could be eligible for one year of fees-free study.

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How fees work

In simpler terms, Tuition Fees just mean’s how much your programme will cost. In some cases, the tuition fee may also include the cost for tools and equipment required for your programme. To be sure what your fess will include, check your programme information page for the most accurate information.

Paying for study

There are plenty of ways to continue with your education without worrying about the cost. Free study through TTAF, first years free, scholarships and StudyLink are great options to look into.

There’s a range of government schemes in New Zealand right now to encourage people of any age to upskill and retrain for high-demand industries. There's also schemes to cover costs for your first year of tertiary study in any subject. We also have wide range of public and private scholarships that could help pay your study costs or your accommodation costs.

Right now, the government is investing in education to remove cost barriers for tertiary education and to fill skill-shortage areas. Let them invest in you, so you can gain a qualification that gives you recognised skills and greater job opportunities.

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Free study

Fees Free - your first year fees are free

If this is your first time enrolling in tertiary study (over 60 credits at Level 3 or higher) in New Zealand you may be eligible to have your first year of study for free.

All the details and criteria are on the Fees Free website. There's an eligibility-checker tool where you can enter your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you’re entitled to funding.

If you are eligible, we’ll organise your fees with the Tertiary Education Commission when you're enrolled to study with us.

Fees Free eligibility checker

Youth Guarantee Scheme

The Youth Guarantee is a funding scheme for people 16–19 years old (or 15 if you’ve got an early leaving exemption letter). It means you can enrol in Level 2 or Level 3 programmes, cost-free.

We have various level 2 and 3 courses available under this scheme which can prepare you with practical skills for work. When you study any of the funded courses, the Youth Guarantee Fees Scheme covers your tuition fees and the material and equipment costs of your programme.

Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

The government has announced a new Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) that supports any domestic student to study/train for high-demand industries in New Zealand for free.

Plus, if you enrol in, and complete, a TTAF programme for free, this does not impact on your ability to then also use the Fees Free scheme for further study (as long as you meet the eligibility criteria).

The targeted areas include all the programmes listed below - and they'll be fully-funded until December 2022.

Fully-funded qualifications under the Targeted Training & Apprenticeship Fund

Agriculture & Animal Care

There is international demand for manuka honey and other beehive products. During this programme, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to manage your own beehives. You’ll meet commercial apiarists in your local area and have the chance to complete an American Foulbrood (AFB) disease recognition course. Topics include bee behaviour and life cycle, beekeeping equipment, harvesting and extracting honey, and suitable bee forage plants.

Duration

33 Weeks

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Multi-location

Career potential

Commercial Assistant Beekeeper, Small Hive Beekeeper

Agriculture & Animal Care

Gain the skills to operate as a Leading Hand in a commercial operation or to run your own commercial operation. This programme is for people who are single source, comb, or medical grade manuka honey producers, pollination service providers or self-marketing producers. Courses include Plants; Pollination and Nutrition; Bee Diseases and Management Plans; Seasonal Management and Food Safety; Beehive Products; and analysing management plans.

Duration

33 Weeks

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Multi-location

Career potential

Honey Producer, Independent Beekeeper, Medical Grade Manuka Honey Producer, Pollination Provider

Agriculture & Animal Care

This programme will teach you how to rear queen bees for a commercial operation or to operate your own queen-rearing operation. You’ll be able to work independently or supervise others. Courses include Queen Bee Biology, Rearing and Breeding; Beehive Management for Queen Bee Rearing; and Prepare and Analyse Disease and Management plans.

Duration

33 Weeks

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Multi-location

Career potential

Commercial Bee Operations, Independent Beekeeper, Queen-Rearing Operations

Food & Hospitality

If you're already working in a winery, or want to enter the wine industry, this is for you. You will gain practical knowledge to work in commercial wine cellar operations. We cover winemaking, wine management and various other regulatory aspects of the industry in this course.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

Online with a work placement

Location

Cromwell

Career potential

Cellar Operator

Education & Culture, Education & Employability

This programme is gives you the skills to provide education support in class. As well as assisting students, support work can span across health or the social services sectors assisting disadvantaged young people or those with disabilities. You will graduate from this programme with the full range of skills that these support roles need.

Duration

13 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Education Support Worker, Teacher Aide

Construction

During year one, you will study courses such as construction technology, measurement and estimating. In your second year, you can choose to specialise in either construction management or quantity surveying. This qualification works well undertaken part-time, while employed in a related role.

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Site Coordinator

Engineering

This is a practical programme using real-life scenarios as part of your learning. Graduates of this qualification may find career opportunities with local authorities, construction companies, mining companies or civil engineering consultancies. Employers often headhunt directly from this programme.

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Civil Engineer

Engineering

This is a practical programme using real-life scenarios as part of your learning. You will graduate as a work-ready Mechanical Engineering Technician with the knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering processes and theory. Employers often headhunt directly from this programme.

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Mechanical Engineer Technician

Engineering

This is a practical programme using real-life scenarios as part of your learning. You will graduate ready to undertake a wide variety of work ranging from designing and programming PLCs in industrial applications to designing and commissioning complex building services or electrical distribution installations. Employers often headhunt directly from this programme.

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Electrical Engineer

Agriculture & Animal Care

As the only farming programme in New Zealand with a high-country focus, this programme has a hands-on approach to learning to fully prepare you for a career in high-country farming. Covering a wide range of skills, you also have the added benefit of on-farm practical assessments, as well as work placements on local high-country stations. As a graduate, you could be employed in pastoral farming/rural-based workplaces under limited supervision.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Cromwell

Career potential

Agricultural Field Sales Rep, Farm Hand, Shepherd

Agriculture & Animal Care

This is the perfect programme if you’re passionate about conserving our natural environment. Made up of online modules to allow for self-paced study, you will learn to identify and apply sustainable practices associated with water, riparian margins and native plants. The content of this online programme is delivered by a mix of practical activities, videos, notes and recommended readings. You will interact with other learners and lecturers via online discussion groups, and you are encouraged to interact within your community of learners to share your growing experiences.

Duration

13 Weeks

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Conservationist, Environmental Consultant, Nursery Worker

Horticulture

This fully-supported online qualification gives you a well-rounded education on the fundamentals of growing plants. The four courses that make up this qualification include plant soil and science, plant identification and selection, plant health and sustainable growing.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Garden Centre, Gardener, Horticulture Worker, Nursery Worker

Horticulture

Develop your green thumb skills and get paid for doing what you love. Based at our Cromwell campus, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge that horticulturists need when employed in orchards, vineyards, nurseries or any other major commercial operation. Embrace the opportunity to use our campus nursery, and our ten-hectare crop production facility.

Duration

1 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Cromwell

Career potential

Fruit Grower, Irrigation Technician, Nursery Business Owner, Nursery Worker, Plant Propagator, Vineyard Farmer, Vineyard Supervisor

Horticulture

If you’re already employed in the nursery production industry, this programme is for you. With a 50/50 mix of theory and practical, you’ll learn online whilst using your workplace as a setting to practise your developing skills. Courses include Nursery Plant Care, Plant ID and Selection, Propagation, Plant Science, and Communication.

Duration

20 Weeks

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Work-based

Career potential

Commercial Plant Grower, Landscaper, Nursery Worker

Horticulture

This qualification has an amenity horticulture focus (public parks/gardens etc). The programme covers applied plant and soil science, plant selection and displays, and asset management. Further develop your skills in this field and the management of public spaces and people. Study full-time on campus or part-time alongside employment in the horticulture industry. Graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Amenity) (Level 4).

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus, Online with block course(s)

Location

Work-based, Dunedin

Career potential

Amenity Gardener, Collection Curator, Team Leader, Vegetation Control Operator

Horticulture

This programme is for those already working in the fruit production or viticulture industry. A 50/50 mix of theory and practical, you’ll learn online whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Courses include Soils and Water, Plant Science, Seasonal Tasks, Communication, and Pests, Weeds and Agrichemicals.

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Work-based

Career potential

Fruit Grower, Fruit Production, Harvester, Orchard Farmer, Orchard Manager, Vineyard Farmer

Horticulture

Progress your career in the national and international horticulture communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stone fruit, pip fruit, berry or wine grape production industries. Your learning will be centred around sustainable growing principles, and you will gain plenty of invaluable work experience and industry contacts. You can study on campus or online and in your workplace.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Online with block course(s), On campus

Location

Work-based, Cromwell

Career potential

Crop Quality Assurance, Fruit Production Manager, Harvester, Orchard Manager, Vineyard Manager

Agriculture & Animal Care, Horticulture

This programme will build on your existing skills and knowledge in this area and can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Māori Traditional Food Production, Harvest and Management (Level 3). You will gain a solid foundation in industries such as commercial fishing, forestry, agriculture and horticulture, able to apply a holistic framework to your work, and understand the steps needed to work towards protecting and enhancing our natural environment.

Duration

20 Weeks

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Kokiri Training Centre, Dunedin

Career potential

Conservationist, Guide, Host, Tourism, Wellbeing Assessor, Whānau Support

If you want to learn about whānau-centred approaches that support whānau wellbeing, this course is for you. You will be able to work under supervision and apply knowledge of Māori philosophies and theories of Māori wellbeing.

Duration

20 Weeks

Location

Kokiri Training Centre, Dunedin

Information Technology

Develop foundation skills in IT and gain practical experience in this industry. This certificate will also guarantee you entry into our Bachelor of Information Technology programme. Study web development, hardware, programming, operating systems, and the internet.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

IT Help Desk, Junior Developer, Junior IT Specialist, Programmer (entry-level), Tech Consultant

Engineering

This qualification is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace. During this programme, you will learn how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair electrical and electronics faults in a range of vehicles.

Duration

42 Months

Delivery

Studied alongside an apprenticeship

Location

Cromwell, Dunedin

Career potential

Automotive Electrical Engineer

Engineering

Continue developing your career in the automotive industry by learning how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair faults that are commonly encountered on heavy vehicles. This programme is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace.

Duration

42 Months

Delivery

Studied alongside an apprenticeship

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Qualified Automotive Technician specialising in heavy vehicles

Engineering

Learn how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair faults that are commonly found on light vehicles including cars, light commercial vehicles and light trailers. This qualification is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace.

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

Studied alongside an apprenticeship

Location

Dunedin, Cromwell

Career potential

Qualified Automotive Technician

Construction

Get the foundational skills and knowledge of worksite safety and tools, providing you with a head-start for a future apprenticeship. Enjoy hands-on training in our workshops and building projects, in a supportive environment without the pressure of a real-world worksite.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Building Apprentice, Labourer, Qualified Builder (with an apprenticeship)

Construction

This is an apprenticeship qualification to become a qualified builder and pathway to becoming a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP). Work as an apprentice, under the supervision of a qualified builder, learn from industry professionals and gain sought-after skills through a carpentry apprenticeship pathway.

Duration

4 Years

Delivery

Studied alongside an apprenticeship

Location

Cromwell, Dunedin

Career potential

Licensed Building Practitioner, Qualified Builder , Self-employed

Engineering

Gain the skills and knowledge to work independently as an Electrician. Studied in conjunction with an apprenticeship, this programme is an ideal way to earn as you learn. It includes the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) electrical theory and regulations exams which is required for registration as an electrician. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will can apply to the EWRB for registration.

Duration

4 Years

Delivery

Studied alongside an apprenticeship

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Registered Electrician

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Scholarships

There are a lot of scholarships available to you. They all have different eligibility criteria related to what you want to study, your background and situation.

TIP: Start searching for scholarships early so you don’t miss the deadlines!
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Student services fee

Also known as a Student Levy, this compulsory fee covers your access to the many student services we have on offer. This cost is tailored per student depending on how you're studying.

Studylink loans & allowances

You can still apply to StudyLink for a student loan, a student allowance and course-related costs. This is only available for domestic students.

Student loan

You can get a Student Loan to pay your study fees, your course-related costs and your living costs. If none of the other options on this page are relevant to you, you should consider applying to StudyLink for a student loan to pay for your study.

Note: You have to pay StudyLink back for any money you borrow for fees, living costs and course-related costs - but not until you have a full-time job.

Student allowance

You may be eligible for a Student Allowance. You don’t need to repay a Student Allowance as it is not considered part of your loan. Check the criteria for an allowance before you apply for Student Loan living costs. This is important to ensure that you don’t borrow more than you need to.

The StudyLink website has an eligibility test and further information about the options available to you.

Check your eligibility with StudyLink

Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.