Fees free versus zero fees

What’s the difference between fees free and zero fees? Don’t we all get zero fees? Or is this up to each institution?

 'Fees Free' is a government initiative available to any NZ student who is in their first year of tertiary study. At this stage it's only available for your first year. 

Zero Fees is an initiative from SIT (Southern Institute of Technology), and means almost all programmes are free to study, 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.

For details of the Zero Fees scheme, click here and for details of the Fees Free initiative click here.

Questions and Answers on Zero Fees

Can I have both Fees Free and Zero Fees on one 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.

Is everything free at SIT?

Well, course fees and accommodation sure seem to be. The Zero Fees Scheme applies to the base tuition fee attached to each eligible programme of study. Direct material costs then apply.