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The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has launched its updated fees-free website for students studying in 2019 to check their eligibility.

We know students are heading into exams, but we wanted to let you know they can now check if they can get fees-free study.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, check out the FAQs on the fees-free website.

The fees-free website also has a quick guide for students studying in 2019, a useful resource for students or parents.

How can a student check if they can get fees-free study?
Students can go to and enter their National Student Number (NSN) to check. The majority of secondary school students should receive a ‘yes – you are eligible’ response.

If a student receives a ‘we are not sure’ response, they may need to provide further information to TEC. The frees-free website will let them know what they need to do.

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Apply by 16 December

Our annual campaign encouraging students to apply for their Student Allowance and Loan before 16 December is well underway.

Early results have been really good so thanks to everyone who passed on our message.

Students don’t need to have their NCEA results or have locked down all their study plans. Their application can be updated as things are confirmed. By applying early, students will allow enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed before their course starts.

Using RealMe

When applying for a Student Allowance and Loan for the first time, students will need to prove their identity. We encourage them to do this by signing up online for a RealMe verified identity.

Students then get a free photo taken to complete the process at participating PostShops. This means students can prove who they are without having to provide copies of a passport or birth certificate.

Student Job Search

Student Job Search (SJS) is an online service that helps students gain work experience and extra money while studying at tertiary level.

Their service is free to students who are enrolled in tertiary study for 2019, or who have a letter of confirmation from any NZ tertiary education provider. Students can then start using SJS up to four months before they start study.

SJS advertises thousands of jobs every year on their website, just for tertiary students. Students can register and start applying for jobs by going to

We wish all students the best of luck for their upcoming exams.

If you have a question please email us at

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Staying in touch with student life at Otago

If you wanted to learn some more about student life at Otago you may want to consider subscribing to the University’s e-newsletter, Otago Connection. Otago Connection is the universities news site and e-newsletter dedicated to keeping students’ families connected with student life at Otago. It includes stories and videos about student successes, events, volunteering and campus life.  Please have a look at their latest news:

Click here for helpful study tips

Recently NZ Post released two new apps to assist students transition to tertiary study.

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GuideMe is a free start-to-finish checklist for getting your university study options sorted. It’s based on advice and tips from first-year uni students, with links to essential website and services they recommend. As you work with GuideMe to narrow down what you want to study, where you’ll live and how you will pay for everything, it remembers your choices and sends you deadline reminders.

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Connect makes it easy to send important documents, e.g. verified copy of your passport or evidence of income, direct to StudyLink. Parents can support a student’s application by sending forms and evidence of income direct to StudyLink.

Lincoln University staff noticed when out and about that there are a lot of people – particularly parents – who don’t really understand the ins and outs of university today.  Possibly because they didn’t go themselves or simply because times have changed. They recognised there aren’t too many places for parents, caregivers and students to go to get the big picture.

They put together an event (UNI 101) earlier in the year for students and families to gain valuable pieces of advice, understand the fundamental objectives of a university, and where to get assistance when picking a degree or what institution to study at. The notes from this event have been made available electronically and are well worth a read. UNI 101 is neutral and does not promote any one institution.  For more information click here.