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Fees Free at Wintec

By now, you’ll know all about the Government’s new education policy and what it means for you. But if you’re not eligible, you’ll still find plenty of fees-free study options right here at Wintec.

As a quick refresh, your fees-free year will help you explore a range of options with 120 credits towards a qualification covered by the initiative. Whether you choose to study a certificate qualification or take your first steps into a three-year degree, you’ll be able to get your journey started.

There’s no age limit for the fees-free policy but it is designed for students new to tertiary study. If you’re a recent school leaver enrolling for the first time – great! Double check your eligibility with your National Student Number (NSN) at feesfree.govt.nz. But if you’ve already studied full-time for six months or more, your fees won’t be covered by the Government.

That’s where we come in! Wintec has over 25 programmes that are completely fees-free or can be studied fees-free under one of the following schemes. Need a complete career change or want to retrain in a different field? We’ve got something for you, no matter your age, background or if you’ve studied before.
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Fee free programmes

Check out Wintec's fee free programmes!

Youth Guarantee​

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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Youth Guarantee Courses

Fee Free Trades Courses in 2018!

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 2018 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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