Fees for domestic students

Find out all you need to know about fees if you are a domestic student.

Important fee information

Tuition fees are calculated on a per point basis. Each course has a number of points associated with it, so the amount charged will vary depending on your choice of courses.

Definition of a domestic student

Domestic students are generally citizens, residents, or permanent residents of New Zealand, but this category also includes:

  • A person who is a citizen, resident, or permanent resident of New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, Niue, or Tokelau Islands, or
  • A citizen of other countries who is resident in New Zealand as a consequence of assignment to a diplomatic or consular post, and their immediate dependants.

Note: New Zealand permanent residents and citizens of Australia who study extramurally while living outside of New Zealand will be treated as international students for the purposes of charging fees. This is a requirement of the Ministry of Education.

See section for three of the Fees Statute 2020 for more information.

Fees-free tertiary study

First-time tertiary domestic learners may be eligible for fees-free study. Find out more about fees-free study at Victoria University of Wellington.

Additional costs

Some courses have additional costs for items such as study materials, equipment or field trips. Some administrative costs are also applicable. A full list of these administrative costs can be viewed in Appendix D of the Fees Statute.

Domestic tuition fees for 2020 (incl gst)

Domestic tuition fee bands for subject categories

Undergraduate Per point ($) Average full time (120 points) ($)
Humanities and Social Sciences 47.39 5,686.80




Commerce 55.76 6,691.20
Law 55.76 6,691.20
Mathematics and Statistics 52.106,252.00
Architecture 65.89 7,906.80
Design 59.22 7,104.40
Psychology and Computer Science 59.22 7,104.40
Chemical, Physical, Biological and Earth Sciences 59.86 7,183.20
Engineering 69.378,324.40
Postgraduate taught Per point ($) Average full time (120 points) ($)
Humanities and Social Sciences 65.89 7,906.80
Education 65.897,906.80
Music 69.42–77.158,330.40–9,258.00
Commerce 72.68 8,721.60
Mathematics and Statistics 74.06 8,887.20
Architecture and Design 75.22 9,026.40
Psychology and Computer Science 75.229,026.40
Chemical, Physical, Biological and Earth Sciences 75.68


Law 80.69 9,682.80
Nursing and Midwifery 75.57 9,068.40
Postgraduate thesis Per point ($) Average full time (120 points) ($)
Humanities and Social Sciences 62.00 7,440.00
Education 62.00 7,440.00
Music 69.428,330.40
Commerce 68.90 8,268.00
Law 68.90 8,268.00
Mathematics and Statistics 69.558,346.00
Architecture and Design 71.74 8,608.80
Psychology and Computer Science 71.74 8,608.80
Nursing and Midwifery 72.21 8,665.20
Chemical, Physical, Biological and Earth Sciences 72.21 8,665.20
Engineering 71.74 8,608.80

Tuition fees for Professional Master’s programmes can be viewed in the Fees Statute 2020.

Calculate your fees

You can get an idea of what your fees for the year will be by using the Fees estimator.

We make every effort to ensure the information it presents is accurate, the Fees estimator is indicative only. Your final fees account will be calculated and invoiced by Victoria University of Wellington upon acceptance of your enrolment application.

Other compulsory fees

All students enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington are required to pay the following fees.

Student Services Levy

The levy is a contribution towards student support services delivered by and through Victoria University of Wellington 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.

Additional payment may be required to access some goods, services or amenities.

  • Internal students: $822.00 (2020).
  • Distance students: $411.00 (2020).

For details regarding students who qualify for reduced Student Services Levy rates, refer to the Student Service Levy Policy or the Student Services Levy FAQs for a full list of services.

Student Assistance Levy

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

  • 2020: $27.60 for all students