Find out about the different types of fees and how we calculate them.
Fee types and your invoice
There are two main categories of fees that you may see on your invoice: course fees and term fees.
Each category has different charge types.
Course fees relate to the actual courses you are taking.
- Tuition fee: This is the fee of each course that you take.
- Field trip fee: In some courses, you must participate in a field trip.
Term fees relate to the number of points you are enrolled in each semester.
- Student services fee: This is a fee charged for the provision or subsidy of various services to which you have access.
Student services fees
The student services fee allows access to and/or subsidises the following services:
- Health and counselling services.
- Careers advisory service.
- Disability services.
- Student emergency fund.
- Financial advisory service.
- International student advisory service.
- Chaplaincy services.
- Early childhood education services.
- Campus recreation overheads.
How fees are calculated
Each of the main fees that we administer is charged on a per-point basis. The more points you do, the more you can expect to pay.
How course fees are calculated
Course fees are based on a number of factors, including:
- The faculty that teaches the course (for example, an Arts course will be charged differently to an Engineering course).
- Whether the course is being studied at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
- The content of the course (lecture-based courses are often cheaper than studio-based courses).
In some cases, the base fee may be set according to the particular degree or programme. This is usually only in cases where the courses to be taken are prescribed or fixed.
How term fees are calculated
Term fees are charged according to the number of points you are taking within each term.
For example, if you take three courses (totalling 45 points) in one semester, your term fees will be based on the 45 points (not on the faculty the courses relate to).
Who sets the fees?
Fees are set by the University Council and are based on recommendations from each individual faculty.
Domestic and international fees
The New Zealand Government subsidises the fees of domestic students, so they generally pay a lower rate than international students.
A domestic student is someone who is either:
- A New Zealand citizen
- A New Zealand or Australian permanent resident, or
- An Australian citizen resident in New Zealand.