Free Fees at UC
UC welcomes 2018 students
The Government's recently announced fees-free scheme means eligible students do not have to pay tuition fees in their first year at UC. UC welcomes all students making inquiries about study in 2018 and can provide advice and options, even if you have not previously thought about university study. We can help you apply to enrol and check out your fees-free eligibility. To check your eligibility for fees free tertiary study, visit www.feesfree.govt.nz.
UC offers Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship for first year students with excellence and/or merit at NCEA levels 2 and 3. These scholarships provide up to $6,000 cash to support students. The fees-free policy does not affect these scholarships. Scholarships paid in cash will still be paid in cash.
Students who already been offered a UC fees scholarship for 2018 and are eligible for fees-free study in 2018 will have their UC scholarship payment deferred until 2019, meaning two years of fees-free at UC one funded by the Government, and one by UC.
What you need to do now?
You do not need to do anything now, UC will be in touch with you about your scholarship in 2018. To check your eligibility for free fee tertiary study, visit www.feesfree.govt.nz.
What is a tuition fee scholarship?
Some UC scholarships contribute towards a student’s tuition fees and others pay cash or contribute towards other costs such as halls of accommodation. Each scholarship has regulations covering what it will pay for. Scholarship regulations are available online at www.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarshipsearch/
If fees are free, will I still get my tuition fee scholarship?
Tuition scholarships will still be awarded - if a tuition scholarship student is eligible for fees-free study, tuition scholarships will apply to the second year of study.
What does deferral to second year tuition fees mean?
Deferral means UC will pay your tuition fees when you enrol in your second year of study instead of your first year. This approach is intended to ensure UC students are not disadvantaged, and to maintain a simple and equitable process for all UC students.
I have a scholarship that pays cash or other non-tuition fees, will I still get the scholarship?
All other conditions of all other scholarship will remain the same. If a scholarship was to be paid in cash, it will be paid in cash.
Are you still offering the UC Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship?
Yes, students endorsed with excellence at level 2 and 3 will receive $6,000 cash. Students who receive a mix of excellence and merit at level 2 and 3 will receive $2,000.
I'm an international student who has a tuition fee scholarship, what will happen to my scholarship?
International students are ineligible for fees-free study. Any students not eligible for fees-free study who have tuition scholarship, including international students, will benefit from their scholarship in 2018.
I deferred my tuition fee scholarship to study in 2018, what will happen to my scholarship?
Scholarship recipients eligible for fees-free study will still receive their tuition scholarship. UC will apply it to second year tuition fees instead of first year.
I am a mature students considering studying because of the free fees, what scholarship can I apply for?
UC does not currently offer first year scholarships to mature students.
Why can’t I just have the cash instead of deferring my scholarship to second year?
UC has decided to defer payment to second year tuition fees because this extends the financial support to students over two years, does not disadvantage students and it maintains a simple and equitable process for all students.
I am getting a scholarship that is not for tuition fees, can I defer payment to my second year tuition fees?
Only scholarships that contribute towards first year tuition fees are affected by the fees-free scheme. All other scholarships will be paid as normal.
What will happen to my fee scholarship if I don't come back in my second year or if I change my programme of study?
If you do not return to study at UC in your second year you will still hold the scholarship in name and there will be no tuition fees to pay. If you change your programme of study you will still have your second year tuition fees covered by the scholarship as long as you meet the other scholarship criteria. The scholarship is only available at UC.
What will happen if I have been offered more than one tuition fee scholarship?
All conditions of the scholarship remain the same other than the timing of the payment of tuition fees. This includes any co-tenability clauses covering whether the scholarship may be held with another scholarship.
What will happen to tuition fee scholarships in 2019, are you going to pay cash for these scholarship?
If fees-free study continues to be available to eligible tertiary students in 2019, UC will review its position. However, this is not currently Government policy.
There are non-tuition fee components to my fee scholarship (eg leadership programmes, course-related costs, mentoring etc), what will happen to these?
All conditions of the scholarship remain the same other than the timing of the payment of tuition fees.