Get free fees for your university study in 2018

Updated: February, 2018

New government policy means that eligible students starting tertiary education in 2018 receive one year of full-time study fees-free. AUT will be publishing information to this page as details are confirmed. You may also wish to check the Fees-free 2018 Student Guide or

Who is eligible for fees-free study?

You may be eligible if you are:

  • a New Zealand citizen (which includes those from the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand resident who has lived in New Zealand for at least three years while holding a residence class visa; or
  • a New Zealand resettled refugee


  • you were enrolled at school in 2017 or 2018 but are not currently enrolled; or you have not previously undertaken tertiary study of more than 60 credits (equivalent to half a year full-time) at NZQF Level 3 or above, except while you were at school.

What is included?

All compulsory fees (tuition, services etc.) up to a limit of $12,000 and tertiary study at any level. The policy will cover one year's study which is usually 1 EFTS/120 credits or points. 

How do I check my eligibility?

Enter you National Student Number (NSN) at

If you do not have an NSN, contact the NZQA on 0800 697 296 (between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday) or by email through the NZQA website.

Does this offer include postgraduate programmes?

If you have not studied at a tertiary level before and are eligible to enrol straight into a postgraduate programme based upon your relevant experience, then you will be eligible.

AUT offers some postgraduate programmes which recognise work experience such as the MBA or Business Professional Postgraduate programmes.

I am a returning student to AUT. Am I eligible if I have first studied in 2017?

You may be eligible if you have not previously undertaken more than 60 credits (half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education, 0.5 EFTS) at level 3 or above on the NZQF.

For example if you have studied and completed a Certificate of Business at AUT in 2017 you may be eligible for fees free if you are continuing your studies in 2018. 

Check if you are eligible here

My eligibility check says 'yes' - what do I do now?

Your programme will advise you on the process to complete your enrolment into papers or may complete this for you. Once your enrolment is confirmed you don’t need to do anything else. All students who are enrolled in classes and are eligible for fees-free study will receive a statement in late January showing that their fees have been paid, within the limits outlined at

If you think your eligibility has been granted in error, you must let us know as soon as possible. If your eligibility changes for any reason, you are responsible for arranging an alternative payment method for any outstanding fees. 

My eligibility check says I'm 'uncertain' - what do I do now?

If your eligibility check returns an 'uncertain' status, but you believe you meet the criteria outlined above, you can fill in a statutory declaration form at

After completing the form online it will be emailed to you. You will need to print the form and sign it in front of a Justice of the Peace (JP). AUT has arranged to have JP's available on each campus in the Student Hub, for dates and times check here. You can find your local JP here at you have applied to AUT, we will continue to recheck your status daily for changes. If listed as uncertain, you will receive an invoice for your 2018 fees. Please complete the statutory declaration process as soon as possible to confirm your eligibility, at which point you will receive a zero fees invoice. 

My eligibility check says 'no' - what do I do now?

Your eligibility check will return a 'no' if you fail to meet the criteria outlined above. If this is the case your enrolment will progress as normal and your programme will either advise you on the process to complete your enrolment into papers or complete this for you. You will then be sent your invoice for payment and student ID card.

How can I get help on fees free policy from AUT?

Email us:

Visit us: The Student Hub City Campus and Hub Connect closes on the 22 December and reopens on the 3 January. 

The North and South Student Hub closes on the 22 December and reopens on the 8 January. 

Visiting hours are Mon/Tues/Wed/Friday 7.45am to 5pm. Thurs 10am to 5pm. 

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Last updated: 06-Mar-2018 12.05pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.