All About Fees Free and Zero Fees

'Fees Free' is a Government initiative available to any NZ student who is in their first year of tertiary study. It's only available for your first year. Zero Fees is an SIT initiative, only available from SIT. Zero Fees applies to almost all programmes (on campus and SIT2LRN Distance Learning) and for any year of study. SIT is the only tertiary provider in New Zealand to offer a no tuition cost education to all NZ students for every study year at all levels.

Below are some common questions about Fees Free and Zero Fees. For the details of the Zero Fees scheme, click here and details of the Fees Free initiative click here.

Can I have both Fees Free and Zero Fees during my course?
Yes - although you are only eligible for one at a time. Usually students will study using Fees Free in their first year, followed by Zero Fees in following years. Additionally if you're studying at SIT in Invercargill, and in your Fees Free year, you're also able to apply for an $100 per week Accommodation Bursary!

Am I eligible for the Government's fees-free policy?
If you think you may be eligible and want to double check, head to and enter your national student number (NSN). If you do not have an NSN number or you don’t know, you can contact NZQA on 0800 697 269.

Am I eligible for the SIT Zero Fees Scheme?
Any NZ citizens or New Zealand residents/permanent residents living in New Zealand during their study, or Australian citizens residing in New Zealand during their study are eligible.

How Do I Enrol?

Application Forms

Click a link for the type of enrolment you require:

  • Online Enrolment - Already know what you want to study? Click here to go directly to the online enrolment page.
  • International application - for students who are not New Zealand citizens, New Zealand permanent residents or Australian citizens residing in New Zealand

Enrolment Process

Zero Fees Scheme - Cost Comparison

Our Zero Fees Scheme means we pay your tuition fees, so all you have to pay for are the direct material costs for your course.  Many of our graduates are able to start their careers debt-free! This is not an exaggeration – see how much you could save in the chart below!

Degree courses at SIT
(three years full time)

With SIT's Zero Fee Scheme: Full price elsewhere:
Bachelor of Applied Management (via SIT2LRN) $2,700 $19,775
Bachelor of Audio Production $11,103 $32,068
Bachelor of Commerce $1,515 $19,852
Bachelor of Contemporary Music* $4,890 $20,688
Bachelor of Engineering Technology $4,695 $24,804
Bachelor of Environmental Management $5,775 $21,141
Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology) $8,700 $21,258
Bachelor of Hotel Management $2,595 $17,380
Bachelor of Information Technology $3,369 $21,408
Bachelor of Nursing $3,800 $21,623
Bachelor of Professional Communication
(via SIT2LRN)
$2,700 $18,656
Bachelor of Screen Arts $5,279 $20,444
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise $2,838 $16,349
Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage $3,548 $19,316

Note: Prices above are estimated over 3 years of study, based on 2019 costs. 
* There are extra costs involved with this programme, please contact us for details.