'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 www.feesfree.govt.nz 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.