If you're thinking of starting your academic journey with Media Design School in February 2018, you may be eligible for fees free post-school training and education.
This means that if you finished school in 2017, or if you will finish school during 2018, you will qualify for a year of fees-free tertiary education in 2018.
If you're not a recent school leaver, you may also qualify for fees-free education, provided that you haven’t undertaken any tertiary education or training in the past.
Fees free Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I find out whether I'm eligible for fees-free studies?
A: You can check whether you are able to access fees-free education in 2018 by visiting www.feesfree.govt.nz.
Don't forget to look up your national student number (NSN) beforehand, as this will make it heaps easier to find out whether you're eligible. If you're not sure how to access your NSN number, simply call NZQA on 0800 697 296 (between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday) or contact them on the NZQA website.
Q: Do I still need to enrol with Studylink?
A: Even if you are eligible for fees-free education, it's probably a good idea to consider whether or not you're going to apply for additional student support. Check out Studylink's website to find out about what the recent changes mean for you.
Q: What does the Fees Free scheme cover?
A: This scheme covers the first year’s study of our following courses:
- Digital Creativity Foundation
- Creative Advertising
- Bachelor of Art and Design
- Bachelor of Creative Technologies
- Bachelor of Media Design
- Bachelor of Software Engineering.
Q: I am enrolled and I am eligible for Fees Free, what do I do now?
A: If you are eligible for Fees Free then we will take care of the rest and provide the data to the government. Our team will be in touch if we require more information from you. You will still need to apply to Studylink for allowances, living costs or course related costs, by visiting www.studylink.govt.nz.
Q: I qualify for the fees free scheme and I have received an offer with an invoice, do I need to fill out the invoice form?
A: You do not need to fill out the invoice form, it is just a part of the offer pack so you know the cost of the course. Our team will take care of the rest and provide the data to the government. Our team will be in touch if we require more information from you.
Q: What do I do if I find I am eligible for fees free, but I have already taken out a student loan for my fees for 2018?
A: StudyLink advises that you should do the following: Log in to your MyStudyLink account and change the ‘Pay fees’ field in your loan application to ‘No’ (Note: don’t cancel your loan application completely if you will still need other support from the loan like the living costs and course-related costs).