Frequently asked questions about fees

What are the different types of fees?

There are two main categories of fees that you may see on your invoice. Each category has different charges.

Tuition fees

New Zealand students contribute to the cost of their study in the form of a ‘tuition fee’ covering approximately a quarter of the estimated total cost. The remainder of the cost is funded by government funding, research grants, the commercialisation of research and commercial activities. The majority of International students are not eligible to benefit from such subsidies and pay tuition fees that cover the full cost of providing courses. Tuition fees relate to the actual courses or papers you are studying and may include fees for additional components, such as materials or field trips, which may be charged at the paper or programme level.

Non-tuition fees

Non-tuition fees are various administrative fees that are payable in addition to the tuition fees you pay for each paper. Non-tuition fees are charged for the various services provided for students, either by the University or Students’ Association, as well as fees which are used to contribute towards a particular project for the benefit of students. Some fees are charged to each student irrespective of study load; other fees are based on the number of credits for which you are enrolled each semester; and the remainder are charged to students accessing particular services that are not fully funded.

What compulsory non-tuition fees are there?

Enrolment fee

Contributes to the administrative cost of enrolment each academic year (e.g. preparation of course materials, maintaining processes and systems to support your enrolment, communicating and advising).

All students are charged the same amount in each academic year.

Building levies

Provides a student contribution towards the development of student-related infrastructure and new buildings. These levies are collected by the University and are agreed and approved by the Students’ Associations.

You are charged a standard amount in each academic year which depends on your campus of enrolment.

Massey Foundation levy

Funds Massey Foundation undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships at Massey and initiatives co-ordinated by the Massey University Foundation.

You pay an amount based on the number of credits for which you are enrolled in each enrolment period.

Recreation levy

Supports the Sport and Recreation services to which you have access.

You are charged a standard amount in each academic year which depends on your campus of enrolment.

International Student insurance fee

All International students are required to have health insurance, under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Non- New Zealanders are not normally eligible for medical services provided under the New Zealand public health system.

You pay an amount based on the duration of your enrolment.

Are there other fees that I might be charged?

Some services are only charged to students accessing particular services. 

Examination fees

The basic cost of assessing your learning is included in the Tuition fees for your papers. Examination fees are charged individually to recover specific costs for providing additional services to particular student groups (e.g. re-marking examination scripts, setting up or changing overseas examination venues, English language competency testing).

Academic record fees

Contributes to the cost of preparing and mailing official copies of your academic record.

Administration fees

Contributes to the cost of services which are specific to particular groups of students (e.g. withdrawing from all of your papers, having credit assessed from prior study at another institution, applying for a programme which requires intensive screening and testing of applicants).

Late and penalty fees

Charged to individual students who fail to meet deadlines for fee payment or for performance of other key responsibilities (e.g. submission of practical work reports).

Accommodation bond and placement levy

Charged to students seeking homestay accommodation through the University. The accommodation bond is refundable provided certain conditions are met.

How much are each of these fees?

You can calculate your own compulsory fees using the fees calculator and check out the amount of non-tuition fees. The information on these pages is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment and Massey students can access their fee information through the MyMassey portal.

Do all students (full-time and part-time, distance and internal) pay non-tuition fees?

Yes but the amount charged may be based on the number of papers you are studying, and whether you are an internal (on campus) or distance student. If you are enrolled in a combination of internal and distance papers then you are assessed for non-tuition fees on the basis of the campus with which you are associated.

How are non-tuition fees calculated?

For internal students, non-tuition fees are dependent on the Massey campus where you are enrolled. Students studying by distance pay separate fees. If you are enrolled in a combination of internal and distance papers it will depend on whether the majority of the credits you are studying are in internal or distance mode.

Students who enrol in a programme starting in semester two (July) and continuing into the following year, will incur non-tuition fees upon the commencement of their enrolment, at the beginning of the following academic year (February) and then annually thereafter.

Why does Massey have so many different non-tuition fees?

The fees all cover different services to students and by charging them separately we believe the costs are more transparent.

What does the student services levy cover?

The levy contributes to making a range of support services available to all students according to need.

Services planned to be delivered to students currently include the following: health and welfare, sport and recreation, career and employment-related services, pertinent student information, financial support and advice, advocacy, counselling and pastoral care.

What if I don’t need all of the services funded through the student services levy?

As members of the learning community associated with the University, all students contribute to making community services available for the common good (just as householders pay rates and citizens pay taxes). As needs arise, you can access important services, such as healthcare or advocacy support, for free or at subsidised rates.

Without the levy, service provision would not be economic, or services would be prohibitively expensive to use. We aim to provide you with access to a suite of services that improve your experience at Massey and allow you to achieve your personal and academic goals.

The Student Services Levy is a compulsory fee. However, if you feel that there are extenuating circumstances for some relief from the fee, the University will consider the matter as a Student Service Levy appeal.

How can I have the Student Services Levy reconsidered?

The Student Services Levy (SSL) is a compulsory fee paid by all students. However, given extenuating circumstances, a student may apply to have the payment of this fee reconsidered by the University. A SSL reconsideration can be applied for by downloading, completing and submitting this form.  

You will need to justify your extenuating circumstances including the outcome you are seeking. SSL reconsiderations will not be accepted if received by the University more than 30 days after the start of a semester. The Committee that considers SSL reconsideration requests meets once per semester.  For your application to be considered by the Committee all fees, including tuition, must be paid in full. If your application is upheld a refund will be made to your fees account based on the outcome of the Committee’s decision.  

What does the International student insurance fee cover?

All International students are required to have compliant health insurance, under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.. Insurance premiums collected by the University provide medical, travel, and personal effects insurance for International students throughout the duration of their studies.

What do examination fees cover?

The basic cost of assessing your learning is included in the Tuition fees for your papers. Examination fees are charged individually to recover specific costs for providing additional services to particular student groups (e.g. re-marking examination scripts, setting up or changing overseas examination venues, English language competency testing).

What do academic record fees cover?

Contributes to the cost of preparing and mailing official copies of your academic record.

What do administration fees cover?

Contributes to the cost of services which are specific to particular groups of students (e.g. withdrawing from all of your papers, having credit assessed from prior study at another institution, applying for a programme which requires intensive screening and testing of applicants).

What do late and penalty fees cover?

Fees are charged to individual students who fail to meet deadlines for fee payment or for performance of other key responsibilities (e.g. submission of practical work reports).

What does a building levy cover?

In Manawatu and Albany, students pay building levies, which are annual contributions toward paying off the capital cost of buildings such as the Recreation Centre and Student Amenities Building (Albany) and the Student Centre (Manawatu). The levies are combined with University funds. These building levies are for specific building projects and do not go towards the general cost of new building and maintenance on campus. These projects are voted on and approved by students through their respective Students’ Associations.

Can I borrow non-tuition fees as part of my student loan?

Only compulsory non-tuition fees are used in StudyLink’s calculation of how much you are entitled to borrow. Compulsory non-tuition fees are those charged to all students in your programme, such as:

  • the Application Fee for selected entry programmes
  • the Enrolment Fee
  • Student Services Levy
  • Practical Work Service fee

Please check our list of non-tuition fees to see which ones are eligible to be covered by a StudyLink student loan. International students will need to refer to the conditions of any specific loan programme they are eligible for.

When do I need to pay my Fees?

All University fees are payable immediately upon the University issuing a Confirmation of Enrolment and before the start of study, or earlier if required by the University and specified in an Offer of Place.

Will I receive a refund of non-tuition fees if I withdraw from all my papers?

If you withdraw from all of your papers in the academic year, before 10% of your first paper has elapsed, the University will make a full refund of tuition and non-tuition fees (withdrawal dates are notified on your Confirmation of Enrolment letter). You will, however, be charged a withdrawal fee to cover the cost of administering the withdrawal.  There are different withdrawal fees for domestic and international students.

If you have accessed a student loan to pay your fees, it is important that you pay the withdrawal fee promptly so that the University can process your refund to StudyLink.  If you have received weekly payments for living costs (student loan or allowance), and you will no longer be studying, you should check with Studylink as you may be required to make repayments.

Please refer to www.studylink.govt.nz for detailed information about loans and allowances and Changing your course for detailed information about withdrawal procedures.

The information on these pages is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown on this page are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax. You should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice before relying on any information on these pages.

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