Fees

All students pay tuition fees and compulsory levies. Calculate how much your courses will cost and learn about other compulsory fees at the University.

Domestic and international student fees

Your enrolment is confirmed once you’ve signed and returned an Offer of Study, Change of Course form, or any document formally agreeing your acceptance into a course. You are then liable for the fees unless you formally withdraw before the appropriate dates.

Domestic students are charged tuition fees at a different rate to international students.

Fees-free tertiary study

First-time tertiary domestic learners may be eligible for fees-free study. Find out more about fees-free study at this university.

Other compulsory fees

Along with course fees, all students enrolled at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington are required to pay a Student Services Levy and Student Assistance Levy.

Student Services Levy

The levy is a contribution towards student support services delivered by and through the University to support and facilitate the best academic outcomes for all students. Refer to Appendix A in the Student Services Levy Policy for a full list of services. You may need to pay extra to access some goods, services, or amenities.

Levy for 2022

From 2022, the Student Services Levy will be calculated on a per-point basis capped at 150 points. How much you need to pay will depend on how many points you are enrolled in and where you are based for your study.

If you will be primarily studying from within the Wellington region, and if you are able to attend most of your required lectures and tutorials in person, your Student Services Levy will be calculated at $8.48 per point.

If you will be studying from elsewhere within New Zealand or from overseas, and if you are unable to attend most of your lectures and tutorials in person, your Student Services Levy will be calculated at $4.24 per point.

To facilitate the move to this new structure, some students enrolled in 2021 will be eligible for a rebate in 2022. These will be outlined in the 2022 Student Service Levy Policy.

Levy for 2021

If you are enrolled at the University in 2021, your Student Services Levy will continue to be charged as follows:

  • students enrolled in 25 points or more, on-campus or off-campus within the Wellington region: $843.00
  • students enrolled in 25 points or more, off-campus outside the Wellington region or off-campus outside New Zealand: $421.50
  • students enrolled in less than 25 points, on-campus and off-campus within the Wellington region: $421.50
  • students enrolled in less than 25 points, off-campus outside the Wellington region or off-campus outside New Zealand: $210.75.

Reduced rates

For details about who may qualify for reduced Student Services Levy rates, refer to the Student Service Levy Policy.

More information

For more information about the levy and a full list of services available to levy-paying students, see the Student Services Levy page.

Student Assistance Levy

This levy is used to assist students suffering exceptional financial hardship. In 2021 and 2022, the Student Assistance Levy is $28 (GST included) for all students.

Additional costs

Some courses have additional costs for items such as study materials, equipment, or field trips. Some administrative costs are also applicable—see the administration fees table below. A full list of administrative costs can be viewed in Appendix D of the 2021 Fees Policy.

Administration fees (incl. GST)

ItemCost
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

Speak to someone

Student Fees Advisers

Phone: 0800 04 04 04
Email: student-finance@vuw.ac.nz