TFC fees, examinations and regulations


In 2017, the Tertiary Foundation Certificate programme cost $716.40 for the year for the 8 courses. This may change slightly each year.

If you intend to work in a paid job while studying, we recommend you limit this to 10 hours a week because of programme workload.

You are eligible to apply for a Studylink/WINZ student loan and/or student allowance.  


Most of our courses have a final examination which will count towards a percentage. This is usually around 40-50% of your final course mark. All coursework includes class attendance, full participation and submission of all assignments.


Payment of fees

Once you have been offered a place and accepted it, TFC will enrol you in your 8 courses. You must then download your invoice and pay all fees in full.

Enrolment and transfers

You will enrol in 8 courses - 4 in the first semester and 4 in the second semester. You may be able to transfer between subjects/courses within the first 2 weeks of the semester if this is authorised by the programme coordinator.


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 tutors via email or phone on the day of intended absence. Absences of more than 3 days will require a medical certificate. Unexplained absences will result in a written request to explain their nonattendance. 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.