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Studying fees-free at Wintec

You could be eligible for fees-free study under the Government’s education policy. You can check your eligibility by visiting feesfree.govt.nz and using your National Student Number (NSN).

There is no age limit for the fees-free policy, but it is designed for students new to tertiary study. If you have already studied full-time for six months or more, your fees won’t be covered by the scheme.

A fees-free year contributes 120 credits towards a qualification covered by the initiative. Whether you choose to study a certificate qualification or take your first steps into a multi-year degree, you will be able to get your journey started.

In addition to the Government scheme, Wintec offers several fee-free programmes. There are also additional programmes such as Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) and Youth Guarantee that offer free study to eligible students. Find out more below.

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Wintec fees-free programmes

Find more details about the Wintec fees-free programmes below:

Fees-free programmes

Youth Guarantee Courses

Youth Guarantee is aimed at young people who are ready to move beyond school, but who still want to study and learn practical skills. It provides them with an opportunity to participate in a range of vocational programmes, free of charge, at Wintec

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Fee-free trades courses in 2020

Get the skills to pay the bills - These qualifications will set you up for a career in trades with great earning potential.

Learn in our world class facilities with industry expert tutors.

Our 2020 Trades Scholarships provide you with one year of free study* in the courses below.

Māori ​and Pasifika Trade Training​​

Wintec have joined a group of Iwi and Pasifika community groups, employers and ITOs to develop a variety of programmes which bring together the best in support, experience, learning and job outcomes - for FREE.

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Waikato Trades Academy​​

The Waikato Trades Academy enables students to stay at secondary school AND work towards a qualification from Wintec. Programmes are offered in trades, service sector, primary industry and social and community services.

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English Language

If you are a migrant or refugee living in New Zealand, learning English at Wintec will make it easier to study and work. Many of our courses are ​free to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents and will enable you to continue studying other courses at Wintec.​​

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