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In New Zealand, you are expected to contribute to the total cost of your study in the form of a tuition fee - the costs incurred by a university to run the programme that you undertake.

In addition to tuition fees, there are different types of fees that you can expect to pay and need to budget for. These may include non-tuition fees, accommodation, entertainment, field trips, food, software, student notes, textbooks, travel, etc.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are the direct costs of tuition for each course and may include component fees to cover field trips, practicums etc. The tuition fees for domestic students are subsidised by government funding while international students pay the full cost of their tuition. One course is normally worth 15 credits. 60 credits is an average semester load for a full-time student and 120 credits is the usual full-time student load.

Non-tuition fees

Non-tuition fees are charged for a variety of purposes see Fees web pages for a summary of fees and what they cover. Some of these fees are compulsory for all students, for example the enrolment fee, and others are charged only when a service is required, for example the fee for an academic transcript.

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