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 and contributes to the provision of quality student support services that are not covered by tuition fees. The funds received by EIT from the levy can only be spent on Student Services as broadly described and directed by the Minister of Education


How much is the levy in 2019?

$304 per year for a student enrolled in a full year programme.
$90 per year for a student enrolled in a Distance (fully online) programme.


What does the levy cover?

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


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.


Can I opt out of the student services levy?

No. The Student Services Levy is a compulsory fee.


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 you don’t use all of the services available they are available for your use and your payment supports 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 2019 (primarily through the Younited Students’ Association-lead activities) and on the provision of the services it funds.  Feedback has been that students are generally comfortable with the range and quality of the services provided, and were accepting of a minimal fee increase. The Younited representatives are aware that the anticipated 2020 Ministerial directive may include additional types of services and wanted flexibility in being able to respond to this. The student-requested increase in services and activities related to budgeting, employment advice, and counselling were received well. Further services in counselling, and activities relevant for the regional learning centres will continue to be a focus in 2020.


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. 


What roles does the EIT Students’ Association have in providing services?

EIT contracts Younited to provide a large component of these services (including student advocacy, budgeting advice, and student representation). Younited also purchases equipment and organises activities that are designed to support and engage students. These include orientation activities, cultural, international and whanau events, and recreational and sporting activities.


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

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


Will students 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. EIT works with the EIT Students’ Association (Younited) and with student groups, to ensure consultation occurs on the levy.


How is the Levy Set?

The Levy is set by firstly determining projected revenue and expenses for the following year. The revenue estimate is based on forecasted enrolments and the expenses estimate is calculated on projected support services expenses. Both take into account the historic uses of support services, sector trends, projected support services needs, inflation, and government policy shifts. The Levy is discussed with representatives of the EIT Students’ Association and presented to the EIT Council for approval, normally at its June meeting. Decisions are made on categories of courses that will be exempt the levy. In 2020 exemptions include: EIT fees-free designated courses or other government policy initiatives such as: Trades Academy, Youth Guarantee, Other TEI enrolled, ACE, ITO programmes,  Dual Pathways, and MPTT.


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)



Learning category EIT NMIT UCOL[1] Otago[2] ARA Massey



































Where do I find out more about the Levy?

  • EIT publicly reports on how the compulsory student services levy has been spent in its Annual Report (page 95 of the 2018 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.
  • You can contact Jo Blakeley, EIT Executive Director, Student and Academic Services (06 830 1940 T; for further information.
  • TEC has produced guidance information for tertiary education providers on the compulsory student services levy. Refer to the TEC website

Where do I give feedback on the Levy?

You can give feedback in several different ways. You can write in the “Have your say” online form for giving EIT your comments, or through the various formal student evaluation surveys at EIT, or talk to staff in Younited, the EIT Students’ Association.

[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