27 September 2022

Tertiary study opportunities and supports

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Funding information

Funding information

Explore with students information about funding available for study and training for work.

Work and Income can provide information about:

The Tertiary Education Commission funds the Youth Guarantee Scheme to help young people who leave school with no or low qualifications.

Workbridge provides funding for training support, as well as supporting people with disabilities to find employment.

Fees-free scheme provides for up to two years of full-time study for vocationally focused training programmes for 16–19 year olds, free of charge. It is available for study to obtain Levels 1 to 3 qualifications at certificate level and for foundation skills in trades, business, or cultural areas.

Investigating tertiary institutions

Investigating tertiary institutions

When choosing a learning institution, support the student to investigate:

  • trying out courses
  • loans
  • the disability service at the chosen institution
  • training allowances and funds
  • the location, relative to home, family, and relatives
  • the size of the institution and the need for interaction with tutors
  • the atmosphere and other students’ experiences at this place.

Support visits to tertiary providers

Support visits to tertiary providers

It’s good to feel what it’s like so I can believe it.


Source: Education Review Office (ERO) (opens in a new tab/window)

Education Review Office (ERO)

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Explore work and study options”:

Return to the guide “Preparing students to leave school”