Study for free

Study for free if you're 18 or under

You can now study for free at Ara in 2018.

From 2018, you can study at Ara for free in your first year if you have not studied before. You can find out more information on and see if you are eligible by inputting your National Student number.

If you don’t have a NSN or can’t remember what it is you can visit and select your study path to get more information.

To find out more about National Student Numbers visit

Explore your study options today using our A-Z study directory or apply for a programme using our online application form.

Who can study for free in 2018?

The government has announced that anyone who is a New Zealand citizen or resident of New Zealand or Australia and has lived here for at least three years can now study in their first year of tertiary study for free. There are no age restrictions and you can complete your studies either full time or part time over a number of years.

If you need help to determine if you are eligible, refer to the below guides.Student guide for study for free Industry training guide for study for free

For full eligibility requirements, visit

If you need to make a statutory declaration as part of confirming your eligibility you can find details of local JP’s at

Should I apply now or wait?

It’s never been a better time to apply for study at Ara in 2018 and we encourage you to apply now. We’ll take care of the finer details for you once the new policy guidelines are provided to us and let you know.