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 1 in the Student Services Levy Procedure for a full list of services. You may need to pay extra to access some goods, services, or amenities.

Levy for 2023

For 2023 enrolments, the Student Service Levy will be calculated on the number of points in an academic year a student is enrolled in:

  • Students primarily studying from within the Wellington region, either on-campus or online: $8.60 per point (GST included)
  • Students primarily studying from elsewhere within New Zealand or outside of New Zealand: $4.30 per point (GST included)

This is capped at a maximum of 150 points per academic year.

Student Assistance Levy

This levy is used to assist students suffering exceptional financial hardship.

  • 2023: $28 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 Fees Policy.

Administration fees (incl. 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

Get help

Talk to the Student Finance team

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