New Zealand students will be able to chase their dreams fees-free from January 2018 thanks to the New Zealand Government’s new tertiary education policy.
New Education Group’s colleges are eligible to offer the first year of tertiary study to New Zealand students free of charge. This is the first step in the government’s stated intent to extend this policy to two years of fees-free study by 2021 and three years by 2024.
In a further boost, from next year, student allowances will be increased by $50 per week. The amount students can borrow as Living Costs under the student loan scheme will also increase by $50 per week.
Under the new fees-free policy, all New Zealand students who finish school in 2017, or will finish school during 2018, qualify for a year of free provider based tertiary education or industry training up to a cap of $12,000 per year.
The policy will also benefit those who aren’t school leavers. There are no age restrictions, and adults who have done half a full-time year of tertiary education or training may also qualify for fees-free.
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