What fees you need to pay

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You need to pay fees to study most of our courses. All possible fees and charges are outlined below.

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.


Course fees

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

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

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.


International handling charge

If you live outside New Zealand you need to pay the international handling charge for print and blended courses. For trimester courses this charge is paid per trimester. For open courses it is charged with each enrolment.

The international handling charge is $50 NZD.

There is no international handling charge for fully online courses.

Service fees

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

  • 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.

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.

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. 

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.

Other service fees we may charge

  • Formal academic transcript - $15.00.
  • Replacement of Open Polytechnic certificate - $50.00.
  • Formal appeal to Open Polytechnic Appeals Committee - $50.00.


Set textbooks

You may need set textbooks for some courses. The cost of set texts is not included in your enrolment fee.

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