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.

How much is the levy in 2018?

$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.

What does the levy cover?

The Student Services Levy helps to fund services that are not covered by tuition fees, such as counselling (including chaplaincy services), health services, financial support and advice, career guidance, student advocacy, sport, recreation and cultural events, and student representation.

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, such as those on ‘fees free’ programmes, are exempt from paying the levy in 2018. Exemption categories are approved through the EIT Council.

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 Student Association (EITSA).

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?

To ensure the money is spent on services valued by students, research was done on which services are most valued by students, and the Student Association is consulted.

How do students give EIT feedback on the Services?

Students give feedback in formal evaluations of services (eg 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 EITSA and EIT staff.

In 2017 students gave feedback for EIT to give more emphasis on employment advice at both the Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti campuses, and for additional counselling services on the Tairāwhiti campus.

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

EIT contracts EITSA to provide some of these levy funded services (including student advocacy, and student representation). EITSA will provide services to all students regardless of whether they are a member of EITSA.

Can students still join EITSA?

Students are given an option to join EITSA when they enrol.

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

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

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)







Otago Polytechnic

Massey University Victoria University








$656 $556







$266  $249 $365  












$52  $250       $245    

(inclusive of GST)

Where do I find out more about the Levy?

  • If you have any questions about this, please contact Jo Blakeley, Executive Director Student and Academic Services, phone 06 830 1940.
  • EITSA can provide you with information on the services EITSA 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 their website– 
  • EIT’s 2014 annual report on the Levy is being used by TEC as an exemplar for the sector. You may find this a useful summary.