All students pay tuition fees and compulsory levies. Calculate how much your courses will cost and learn about other compulsory fees at the University.
When to pay your fees
Your enrolment is confirmed—and you are liable for (required to pay) your fees—once you’ve signed and returned one of:
- an Enrolment Agreement
- a Change of Course form
- a document formally agreeing that you accepted an offer of a place on a course.
If you withdraw from your course(s) before the applicable course change deadline, you will be eligible to apply for a refund.
An administration charge may apply.
Fees-free tertiary study
If you are a first-time tertiary student, or if your first tertiary education was covered by the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), you may be able to get up to $12,000 of your fees covered for one year’s study. You may also be eligible if your previous tertiary study was a half year or less.
Other costs and levies
Student Services Levy
This compulsory levy funds services for students that are not covered by tuition fees. The services it funds include counselling, health services, financial advice, career guidance, student advocacy, student publications, and student representation.
Find out more about the Student Services Levy.
From 2024, the Student Services Levy will be called the Student Services Fee.
Student Assistance Levy
In 2023, the Student Assistance Levy is $28 (GST included) for all students. This levy is used to assist students suffering exceptional financial hardship.
From 2024, the Student Assistance Levy will be called the Student Hardship Fee. In 2024, the Student Hardship Fee will be $30 (GST included).
Some courses have additional costs for items such as study materials, equipment, or field trips. These additional costs are typically described on the course outline webpage—use the course finder to look up individual courses.
The University may charge you a fee to cover the cost of administrative tasks such as replacing your student ID card or processing a late payment.
The most common charges are listed in the table below. You can find a full list of administrative costs in Appendix D of the University’s Fees Policy.
|Administration fees||Cost (including GST)|
|Replacement Student ID card||$21.00|
|Refund Charge (for monies totalling between $1,000–$5,000 during an academic year) per refund—not applicable for refunds to StudyLink||$60.00|
|Refund Charge (for monies totalling over $5,000 during an academic year) per refund—not applicable for refunds to StudyLink||$100.00|
|English Proficiency Programme withdrawal administration fee||$200.00|
|International student refund of pre-paid tuition fees admin charge||$1,000.00|
|International Transferring Student fee||$512.00|
|Late Payment Penalty||$154.00|
|Late Application Fee||$123.00|
|Administration fee for special examination arrangements, for examinations sat at Victoria University of Wellington at other than the scheduled time, or sat at a location away from Victoria University of Wellington (per Course). Students will also be liable for courier costs and all costs that may be charged by the institution where the examination is held.||$123.00|