Fees-free tertiary study in 2022

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is one of the New Zealand tertiary institutions to offer free tuition for eligible tertiary learners in 2022.

Are you eligible for fees-free study?

If you are a domestic student, have previously studied fewer than 60 points at tertiary level, and believe you are eligible for free fees during 2021, review the information below and the Tertiary Education Commission's FAQs.

If you were eligible for fees-free study in 2021 and have questions regarding your eligibility ‘carry-over’ for 2022, email freefees@vuw.ac.nz.

Confirm your eligibility

It is important to confirm your eligibility on the Tertiary Education Commission’s fees-free website using your National Student Number (NSN). This website also contains instructions to follow if you do not know your NSN or if more information is required to determine your eligibility.

Note: Eligibility checks for 2022 starters will not be available until later in 2021—keep checking the Fees Free website for updates.

Complete your 2022 enrolment

Once you have confirmed your eligibility, make sure you have completed all the required steps for enrolling to study at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington in 2022.

If you are asked to complete a statutory declaration, you will need to complete and return it to the Tertiary Education Commission.

Next steps

If you have confirmed your eligibility and completed your enrolment, you will receive an email from Victoria University of Wellington’s Student Finance team confirming that our enrolment system will reflect that you are eligible for fees-free study in 2022.

If you have not received an email by the start of Trimester 1 (Monday 28 February 2022), email our Student Finance team.

What does fees-free study include?

This policy covers tuition, associated mandatory fees, and compulsory student service fees.

It does not cover text books, club memberships, course materials, or late fees.

What if I need a Student Loan or Allowance for other fees?

If you want to apply for a Student Allowance or the two non-fees parts of a Student Loan—living costs and course-related costs—for 2022, you will still need to apply to StudyLink.

Studylink encourages prospective students to apply for their loan before 16 December 2021. It is also important to provide supporting documents to Studylink promptly (you can apply online). This will ensure that applications can be assessed in time for the start of the 2022 academic year.

What if I have already received a scholarship?

Scholarship money can be put towards accommodation and living costs. If you have any queries about your scholarship, contact the University’s Scholarship Office. If you wish to enquire about accommodation in Wellington, contact our Accommodation services.

Need help?

If you have further questions, or would like to speak to the University team about study, you can contact us at 0800 04 04 04, email us at freefees@vuw.ac.nz, or go to booking a course planning session.

If you want to study at Victoria University of Wellington in 2022, you can apply to enrol online now.