Paying your fees

You need to pay fees to study most of our courses. This page includes information about what fees you may need to pay, how you can pay your fees, and what happens if you need to withdraw from your course.

You can also find information about how to request that we complete forms for you if needed (for example for StudyLink, the Ministry of Social Development or for a scholarship).

If you are a domestic learner, you may be eligible to have your fees subsidised through the Ministry of Education. Domestic learners include:

  • New Zealand citizens
  • Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue citizens, studying there or in New Zealand
  • Permanent residents of New Zealand (including Australian citizens or permanent residents) living in New Zealand.
  • Residents of New Zealand living in New Zealand for the full period of study may also be eligible (relevant legislation applies).

If you are not one of the above, you are classified as an international learner and must pay full fees (see below).

Fee payment options

  • Student loan

    If you want to pay your fees by student loan you need to apply to StudyLink as soon as you apply to enrol with us. Contact them if you have any questions about student loans or information about what courses are approved for payment by student loan.

    More about paying your fees by student loan 

    Student loan at a glance – StudyLink website (opens in new tab) 

    Note - Open Polytechnic cannot apply for a student loan on your behalf. However, we can complete any forms in support of your application that they require us to endorse. See the external forms section below for more information. 

  • Credit cards
    • If you want to pay your fees by credit card we only accept MasterCard and Visa.
    • When you enrolment is approved we will email you a quote that will include a link to our online credit card payment site.  
  • Internet or branch banking
    • We are registered with all major banks to receive payment via online banking.
    • When you make a payment you need to use your Open Polytechnic student ID number as a reference. You can find this in the email we sent you to confirm your enrolment, or in MyOP on the top right side under your name. 
  • Government fees free study

    To check if you are eligible for the Government's fees free study and how to apply go to:

    Fees free study

  • Getting a copy of your fees receipt

    If you would like a copy of your fees receipt/invoice, contact us. You can help by ensuring we have your correct address details in My Open Polytechnic.

Types of fees you may need to pay (domestic and international learners)

  • Course fees, including international fees

    Course fees

    For specific course fees refer to the course pages. All fees are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive. 

    The fees shown on this website are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Final fee costs will be confirmed as part of your enrolment. 

    Fees for learners living overseas

    If you are studying with us while living outside New Zealand, your fees are exempt from GST. 

    • New Zealand Citizens living overseas – pay domestic fees (less GST).
    • New Zealand residents living overseas – pay international course fees.
    • International learners living overseas – pay international course fees.

    International handling fees

    There is no international handling charge for fully online courses.

    If you live outside New Zealand, you need to pay the international handling charge for print and blended courses. This is charged with each enrolment.

    The international handling charge is $50 NZD. 

    Set textbooks

    If you need set textbooks for your courses the cost is not included in your course enrolment fee.


  • Service fees

    We also charge fees for the services listed below. If you want to apply for any of these services, you can find the relevant form on our learner forms page:

    Learner forms

    Service fees we may charge

    • Replacement of Open Polytechnic certificate - $50.00.
    • Formal appeal to Open Polytechnic Appeals Committee - $50.00. 


  • Credit recognition
    • Credit transfer application - No fee
    • Cross credit application from an Open Polytechnic or another Te Pūkenga Business division course to an Open Polytechnic course - No fee
    • Cross credit application from another institutions' course to an Open Polytechnic course - $50.00 when applying for one course, and $100.00 when applying for two or more courses This is non-refundable, regardless of the outcome.
    • Recognition of prior learning - fees vary.
  • Advanced standing and recognition of prior learning

    Advanced standing

    There is no charge if you are using a qualification gained at Open Polytechnic as the basis of your advanced Standing application.

    If you are using a qualification gained at another institution as the basis of your Advanced Standing application, the application fee is $100.00. This is non-refundable regardless of the outcome.

    Learn more about recognising previous study and experience

    Recognition of prior learning application

    Application for Recognition of prior learning is based on the credit value of the course and is $15.00 per credit. For example, if you are seeking recognition of a 20-credit course the fee is $15x20=$300.

    You must pay this fee before we will review your application. It is non-refundable, regardless of the application outcome. 

    Learn more about recognising previous study and experience


  • Reconsideration and resit fees
    • Reconsideration of a final result - $120.00*.
    • Reconsideration of individual assessment or final examination paper - $75.00*.
    • Examination resit - $250.00.
    • Overseas examination arrangement fee - $60.00. (You do not need to pay this if you have paid an international handling charge. This does not apply).
    • Resit withdrawal fee - $50.00.

    *These fees will be refunded if your application results in you getting an improved grade.