Fees-free 2018

As you may be aware, the Prime Minister has launched the government’s ‘fees-free’ policy. TEC is the government agency that is implementing the fees-free policy. You can find general information about this policy on the website www.feesfree.govt.nz.
As Varda is a tertiary education organisation providing education at level 3 and above, some of the students enrolling at Varda in 2018 will be eligible to study for free.  

To find out if you are eligible go to www.feesfree.govt.nz and enter your NSN number.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

A student's eligibility for the Governments 'Fees Free' Tertiary can change during their enrolment. If new information comes to light and a student's eligibility changes from eligible to not eligible you will be liable and invoiced fees owed. 


A quick guide for students

Have you checked your eligibility for fees-free tertiary education yet?

You have applied to study at a tertiary provider. If this is the first time you are doing tertiary study, you could be
eligible for fees-free study.

This quick guide will help step you through the eligibility process and understand next steps. If you think you could be
eligible for fees-free it is important that you complete these processes as soon as possible so we know not to charge
you for your study.

If you already know you’re eligible, great! Take a look at the checklist over the page to make sure you are ready
for study.

Follow the decision path below to check your eligibility.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out my National Student Number (NSN)?
If you studied after 2003, you will have an NSN. To find it, contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 - they will ask you some
verification questions, and then let you know what it is.

When do I need to complete the eligibility process?
It is very important you do this as soon as you can, so we know not to charge you for your study. Otherwise you may
receive a bill for your study. You might still have to apply for a Student Loan.

Will all my course fees be paid?
Fees-free will cover:
• Tuition
• Associated mandatory fees
• Compulsory student service fees

Fees-free will not cover:
• Students’ association fees
• Club memberships
• Course materials
• Late fees

Fees will be paid up to a total amount of $12,000 or less. If your fees are more than this, you will need to pay
the difference.

What happens if I withdraw from my courses?
It is important to know that if you enrol in courses and don’t complete your study, you may lose your entitlement to
fees-free in subsequent years.

  • Public Trust
  • Keune
  • Free Fees
  • Study Link