Is fees-free tertiary education calling you to study?

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Your plans to gain a qualification and your dream career could take flight in 2018, with the introduction of fees-free tertiary education.

By 2024, you may also be able to get up to three years’ fees-free tertiary education – enough time to get a trade qualification or Bachelor’s degree.

With a qualification under your belt you’re more likely to find work or to advance in your job – and maybe you’ll be able to reach other goals in life, like travelling, hobbies or saving for a home.

Life as a student could get easier too, as students who are eligible for student allowances or loans for living costs will receive a top-up of $50 a week extra from 1 January 2018.

With education looking more affordable, now may be the time for you to put your career plans into action.

Is study for me?

Keen on fees-free education but not sure if study is for you? Don’t worry – there are many ways of earning a qualification, such as studying while working on the job, going to a wānanga or attending a trade academy. You can find a qualification that will lead to the career you want, but also fit the way you like to learn.

Start by taking our CareerQuest quiz to find out what jobs suit your interests or use Skills Builder to find out how to build on the skills you already have, then check what qualification you need to get into that career. 

What type of study would suit me?

The good news is there are many ways to study. When considering your study options think about the way you learn, how much it will cost, whether it suits your lifestyle and commitments to family and friends, and if it supports your career plans.

What should I study?

There are a wide range of courses and study options available. Our courses database can help you find the right course or training provider for you.

I’ve chosen a course or qualification – what next?

Congratulations on making a decision. Your next step is to check if you are eligible for fees-free tertiary education.

Am I eligible for fees-free?

You may be eligible for the fees-free initiative if you are a school leaver or a person who’s been putting off doing further education.

Other ways to fund your tertiary education

Not eligible for fees-free study or training? There are other ways to fund your tertiary education.

I’m still not sure about study

Still unsure about studying? Chat online or talk to our career experts. They can give you career and study advice, so you are in a good place to make the career decision that is right for you.

Find out more about fees-free tertiary education