Fees Free

Fees-free 2019

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.

“I really enjoyed my time at Varda. The past 2 years I learnt a lot about Hairdressing as well as gaining life skills and the confidence I needed to go into the workforce. The staff and tutors were always encouraging and pushed you to do your best but made sure we were having fun learning at the same time.”

Ashleigh Van Den Broek

“Varda is a great place to train. It has an awesome environment with lovely people and amazing tutors. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to pursue an awesome career in hairdressing to attend Varda.”

Rebecca Watson