Free Fees

Tertiary education fees free

Study for free at eCampus NZ.

In New Zealand, Tertiary education is fees-free for eligible first-time tertiary students on programmes level 3 and above. So if you are planning on studying a Certificate or a Diploma with eCampus NZ, check if you are eligible as you may be able to study your qualification fees-free.

This exciting news is not just for school leavers. The ability to study fees-free is open to anyone of any age, provided they meet the eligibility criteria below.

Am I eligible?

You need to meet these requirements for fees free provider-based study. You must:

  1. Be allowed to work and live in New Zealand permanently, or be an Australian or New Zealand resident who has lived here for at least three years; and
  2. Not be enrolled in school when your qualification starts, and either:
    1. been enrolled at school in 2017 or 2018, or
    2. not have undertaken previous study or training of more than 60 credits, except while you were at school, and
  3. Enrol in an eligible qualification.

To learn more about fees free tertiary education visit

There is also a flowchart to help you through the process.

Why study online?

Our online courses work with your lifestyle to give you a flexible study option. This means you have the freedom to choose when to study and how to make your tertiary education programme meet your requirements. Now you can study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace, and in your own time – fees-free!

Studying at eCampus NZ is all about you. You will be supported by your own student advisor who will follow you through your learning journey, helping you along the way to reach your study goals. Our portal helps us track your progress – we will regularly check in and see how you are going and, if you need help, we will step in to give you the guidance you need to kick your study back into gear.

It’s straightforward to get going. Once you are registered, all you need is a computer or laptop and access to the internet to get started.

Eligible Courses

We have a wide range of eligible courses from subjects that include project management, business, administration, and computing. View our full range of Certificates and Diplomas.


Tane Edwards

“I would definitely recommend studying with eCampus NZ. The things I have learned are shaping my thinking for the better. Not only will I be more efficient and effective in the workplace but the skills you learn can be applied to your personal life as well,”

Teri Rasousou

I would like to thank my eCampus NZ facilitator for the words of encouragement and comments that kept me going through this course. I was on the verge of giving up after submitting the 1st Assignment because of work and other matters. I changed my mind again after reading the comments from my facilitator. I do appreciate it. Once again thank you very much.

James Witanga

“The attraction to eCampus NZ was the opportunity to further my study and learning in a way that was cost-effective and flexible. As I work full-time, I used my evenings and weekends to complete 20 hours a week of study and holidays to catch up.”

Aubrey De La Cerna

I want to tell everyone, especially if you are a supervisor , team leader or someone that manages a team, that the course and topics from eCampus NZ are really helpful.

Natalie Nairn

“As a stay at home mum, I love the fact I don’t need to leave the house to learn and complete this qualification – this is one of the best things about it."

Jo Boese

“I didn’t find the study process intimidating at all, which I think sometimes it can be especially as an older woman returning to study. The fact I could study from the comfort of my own home with plenty of help from the co-ordinator, and also thanks to other younger girls on my course, made me feel really empowered.”

Nikki Davidson

“I really enjoy having the ability to study when I have the time and wherever I might be. I also like the online videos and course reading and have found the course facilitators are always available when I need them,”

Lynette Bokany

“I really enjoyed the flexibility and ability to study at my own pace and in my own time, It’s very flexible and rewarding. You get out of it what you put in. Give it a go, you have nothing to lose!”

Charlotte Kahukiwa

"I started study full time with eCampus NZ to further upskill myself so that I can influence my children to be successful and to help me find opportunities to work in an environment where I will enjoy the work that I do and not just work to pay the bills. I can work at my own pace around my busy life as a working mum and wife. I’m able to study after the children have gone to bed, or sometimes if I have time during the day on my short work days."

Bruce Law

Study through the eCampus NZ online platform allows me to have the flexibility in terms of time and location when I study.

The “classroom everywhere", means I can even study during break time at work.

Because you are away from your classmates and lecturers, on line study can sometimes be hard, luckily, I have a responsive facilitator who guides me through the study.

Haylee Wright

I have completed in classroom study previously but the on line learning option is so much better suited to me. I can learn at my own pace and complete courses in my own time with study scheduled around my lifestyle.

So if I want to complete work quickly I can or if I need to take a bit more time then that option is also available.

The facilitators are great. I often just want to check in with them to make sure I am on the right path. I'm not looking for the answer – just guidance and their feedback and assistance is great.

Stevie Schollum

I was totally blown away - I'm only 21 with 2 kids and wanting to study at home as it’s the only way possible to get achievements with a young family.

I just want to say a huge thank you to all of eCampus NZ for making studying on line so so so enjoyable. The website is easy to work out and remember, I am always getting a message to see how I'm doing and it is reassuring that I have people watching my progress. Thank you so much.

Are you eligible for fees free study?

Need more information or advice? Contact us now!

The eCampus NZ learning platform is being closed on 29 February 2024, as part of the completion of the amalgamation into Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga. Therefore, access to courseware for ākonga (learners) will be available for three months post course completion or 29 February 2024, whichever happens first. If you have any questions, please contact eCampus NZ : [email protected] or call 0800 328 269.