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Fees-free study at Otago in 2018

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Are you eligible?

From 1 January 2018, most domestic students who are new to tertiary education will be eligible for one year of fees-free study at Otago.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, the New Zealand Government will pay up to $12,000 to cover tuition fees and student services fees for one year of full-time study. If you are studying part-time, your fees-free entitlement can be spread out over more than one year.

To find out if you are eligible, use the Government’s online tool at

If your eligibility is confirmed by the online tool, the Government will let us know, and you won’t be charged fees for 2018.

If the online tool says that your eligibility is “unknown”, you will need to complete a statutory declaration before the University can treat you as a fees-free student. This will involve getting papers witnessed, so you may need the assistance of your family or whānau to complete the process.

It is likely that you will need to complete a declaration if you weren’t enrolled for NCEA Level 3 in 2017, or you are not a New Zealand citizen.

New students are encouraged to check their eligibility as soon as possible, and to complete their declarations (if required) before the end of January 2018 to avoid being charged fees.

Please note that fees-free does not cover residential college accommodation fees or other associated accommodation costs.

More information and FAQs about eligibility criteria

Need help?

If you need to talk to someone at Otago about fees-free study, please contact the University Information Centre or view the FAQs on AskOtago.

AskOtago fees-free FAQs

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