Student Services Levy – Information Guide for Students

What is the Student Services Levy?

It is a compulsory non-tuition fee that is charged to students enrolled at EIT. The levy was first introduced in 2013 to contribute to the provision of quality student services that support learning. The funds received by EIT from the levy are ring-fenced, meaning they can only be spent on Student Services that are under a Ministerial directive.


How much is the levy in 2017?

$290 per year for a student enrolled in a full year programme.
$86 per year for a student enrolled in a Distance (fully online) programme.


Can I borrow the levy on my Student Loan?

Yes, because it is a compulsory levy.


Do all students (full-time and part-time) pay the levy?

Students enrolled in less than full-time study are charged on a pro-rata basis. Some groups of students are exempt from paying the levy. Exemption categories are approved through the EIT Council and includes students enrolled in EIT fees-free designated courses (except the new Government “Free Fees” policy) or other policy initiatives such as Trades Academy and Youth Guarantee.


Is the levy refundable within the tuition fee refund period?

If you completely withdraw from all courses within the full tuition fee refund period the Student Services Levy will be refunded in full.

Is there an option to opt out of the student services levy?

No. The Student Services Levy is a compulsory fee. It is not related to membership of the EIT Students’ Association (Younited).


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

The services provided have been determined upon the overall needs for the student community. Even if a particular student does not use all of the services available, they are liable to pay the levy to support the provision of these services.


How does EIT know that students need all of these services?

Research is regularly done on which services are most valued by students, and the Students’ Association is consulted. This helps ensure the money is spent on services valued by students.

Students were consulted on the levy in 2018 (primarily through the Younited Students’ Association-lead activities) and on the provision of the services it funds.  Feedback has been that students are generally very comfortable with the services provided, and are reluctant but realistic about any fees increase for these services. Students have requested more budgeting and employment advice services and access to additional counselling services. Revised Health Services are anticipated for 2019, following feedback from the current provider and students and this has been factored into the levy estimation.


How do students give EIT feedback on the Services?

Students give feedback in formal evaluations of services (such as student experience surveys, course and programme surveys), through student representatives on the Academic Board, Health Centre Advisory Group, and class Groups; through social media such as Facebook, and through direct feedback to the Students’ Association and to EIT staff. 


Does the Younited Student Association (Younited) still have a role in providing services?

EIT contracts Younited to provide some of these levy funded services (including student advocacy, and student representation).


How do students join the Students’ Association (Younited)?

Students are joined as members of Younited when they enrol with EIT. There is no fee to join Younited.


Will students still have input into the way their money is being spent?

EIT is committed to ensuring that students have a say in how their money is spent, and we will work in partnership Younited and with student groups, to ensure consultation occurs.


Where do I find out more about the Levy?

EIT publicly reports on how the levy has been spent in its Annual Report.

  • Younited, the EIT Students’ Association can provide you with information on the services that it is contracted to provide on your behalf, and on other services covered in the levy.
  • TEC has produced guidance information for tertiary education providers on the compulsory student services levy. Refer to the TEC website


How does the EIT levy compare with other education providers?

EIT’s fees compare favourably with other providers of a similar size and offering similar programmes. Fees from other providers are listed in the table below.


Fulltime Levy (120 credits) (inclusive of GST)



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[1] UCOL 4.17  or $2.08 per credit plus GST calculated on 120 credits

[2] Otago’s levy is per student – student health and counselling separated fee

If you have any further questions, please contact Jo Blakeley, Executive Director, Student and Academic Services, phone 06 830 1940, email