TFC fees, examinations and regulations


Tertiary Foundation Certificate courses will incur ZERO fees in 2024.  Eligible TFC students will still be able to apply for StudyLink/WINZ student loan and/or student allowance, and will retain their full FeesFree eligibility for degree-level studies. Please visit StudyLink.

If you intend to work while studying, we recommend you limit this to ten hours a week because of programme workload. Please note that TFC fees may change each year. 


Most of our courses have a final examination, which will count towards your final score. This is usually around 40–50% of your total course mark. For the coursework component, your assignments and tests will be assessed. We will also take into account your class attendance, full participation and submission of all assignments. 


Enrolment and transfers

Once you have been offered a place and accepted it, TFC will enrol you in your eight courses – four courses per semester. You may be able to transfer between subjects/courses within the first two weeks of the semester if this is authorised by the programme directors. 


Attendance is compulsory. You are expected to be punctual for all lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. Students who don’t attend a minimum of 80% of the scheduled classes may be asked to leave the programme. 

Students who intend to be absent must advise their relevant teachers via email or phone on the day of intended absence. Absences of more than three days will require a medical certificate. Unexplained absences will result in a written request to explain the non-attendance. If you receive more than two such requests, you may be asked to leave the programme. 

Withdrawal from programme

Withdrawals and changes must be made by the second Friday of the semester. Refunds will not be made after this date. For more information, see Changing your enrolment.  

Students enrolled in this programme may be eligible to apply for a student loan and/or student allowance. See Student loans and allowances.  

Student loans and allowances


StudyLink administers all loans and allowances. Make sure you apply early to avoid any delays with your enrolment.Contact: StudyLink
Phone: 0800 88 99 00

Student support

We offer a full range of support services. You have the same privileges as all other students including learning and personal support services.
See Facilities and services
See  Personal support