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Year 13 Careers

As Year 13 students, you are in your last year of secondary school and are heading towards a transition into the life beyond school. This maybe into further study, or work, or travel, or a combination of all of these. There are opportunities to hear more about many of these. Details will appear below as they become available.

Careers - Important Tertiary Information Fees-free study for tertiary students

In December 2017, the government released further details about the implementation of it’s “fees-free” policy, for students in tertiary education, starting with those embarking on their first year of study. From January 2018, the government will pay up to $12,000, to cover tuition fees, associated mandatory fees and compulsory student-service fees, for the equivalent of the first year of full time tertiary study. 

How the policy is going to work 
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is the lead agency in the implementation of the fees-free policy. New Zealand citizens and residents who have lived in New Zealand for at least three years, attending university direct from school, will be eligible. Other categories of resident, including refugees, may also qualify.
Eligible students will not be charged for their first-year fees 
New students, who are eligible for fees-free, may wonder if they will be billed for their fees, and then reimbursed. The short answer is no, in the vast majority of cases it won’t work like that. The government has opted for a “provider payment’ model, meaning that it will pay the fees to the university. This should make the fees-free policy relatively straight forward for the student. The university systems have been adapted to be able to recognise eligible fees-free students. When a student enrolls, they can see the fees owed for their programme. Once the government makes the payment to the university for an eligible fees-free student, this will show as paid on the students account. 

When students are unsure of their eligibility 
Students can check their eligibility on the TEC website. They will need a National Student Number (NSN) to do this. Current students should already have an NSN. www.feesfree.govt.nz Where the eligibility status is “unknown”, this means the TEC has been unable to verify whether the student meets the criteria. In this case the student will be asked to complete a statutory declaration. The statutory declaration will need to be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace (JP) or solicitor. You can find a local list of JPs on the “Find a JP” at www.justiceofthepeace.org.nz

Looking ahead
The Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, is working extensively with tertiary providers as they seek to implement the policy. There may be more changes surrounding eligibility for 2019, so please watch this space.

Genevieve Brown 
Careers Coordinator – Marist College