Get free fees for your first year of study at university

Updated: 18 December, 2017

New government policy means that students starting tertiary education for the first time in 2018 will get one year of full-time study fees-free. AUT will be publishing information to this page as details are confirmed. You may also wish to check the Fees-free 2018 Student Guide or

Who is eligible for first year fees-free study?

If you are:

  • a New Zealand citizen (which includes those from the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau)
  • resident in New Zealand for at least three years, either holding a residence class visa, or are an Australian citizen
  • a New Zealand resettled refugee


  • have been enrolled at school in 2017 or 2018, or have not undertaken previous full-time tertiary study of more than 60 credits at Level 3 or above on NZQA framework (NZQF), except while you were at school.

What is included?

All compulsory fees (tuition, services etc.) up to a limit of $12,000 and tertiary study at any level. The policy will cover one year's study which is usually 1 EFTS/120 credits or points. 

How do I check my eligibility?

Check if you are eligible here

Does this offer include postgraduate programmes?

If you have not studied at a tertiary level before and are eligible to enrol straight into a postgraduate programme based upon your relevant experience, then you will be eligible.

AUT offers some postgraduate programmes which recognise work experience such as:

I am a returning student to AUT. Am I eligible if I have first studied in 2017?

You may be eligible if you have not previously undertaken more than 60 credits (half a year of equivalent full-time tertiary education, 0.5 EFTS) at level 3 or above on the NZQF.

For example if you have studied and completed a Certificate of Business at AUT in 2017 you may be eligible for fees free if you are continuing your studies in 2018. 

Check if you are eligible here

My eligibility check says I'm 'uncertain' - what do I do?

If your eligibility check returns an 'uncertain' status, but you believe you meet the criteria outlined above, you can fill in a statutory declaration form at

After completing the form online it will be emailed to you. You will need to print the form and sign it in front of a Justice of the Peace (JP). You can find your local JP here at you have applied to AUT, we will continue to recheck your status daily for changes. If listed as uncertain, you will receive an invoice for your 2018 fees. Please complete the statutory declaration process as soon as possible to confirm your eligibility, at which point you will receive a zero fees invoice. 

How can I get help on fees free policy from AUT?

Email us:

Visit us: The Student Hub City Campus and Hub Connect closes on the 22 December and reopens on the 3 January. 

The North and South Student Hub closes on the 22 December and reopens on the 8 January. 

Visiting hours are Mon/Tues/Wed/Friday 7.45am to 5pm. Thurs 10am to 5pm. 

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Last updated: 18-Dec-2017 4.48pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.