Fees and money matters

Gaining a qualification from the University of Auckland is a valuable investment in your future. In the short term, however, it is likely that you will need to think carefully about how to pay tuition fees and living expenses while you are studying. The following advice and information will help with financial planning.

Undergraduate fees


These fees apply to domestic students only (New Zealand and Australian citizens and permanent residents). The calculation is approximate and based on a full-time course load of 120 points per annum. Use as a guide only.


In all cases the fees per point will be charged at the rate set for that subject irrespective of the qualification the course is taken for. For detailed information regarding all fees, including how to pay, visit the main University web page Fees.

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Postgraduate Fees


These fees apply to domestic students only (New Zealand and Australian citizens and permanent residents). The calculation is approximate and based on a full-time course load of 120 points per annum. Use as a guide only.

In all cases the fees per point will be charged at the rate set for that subject irrespective of the qualification the course is taken for. For detailed information regarding all fees, including how to pay, visit the main University web page Fees.

 

* Doctoral candidates - temporary study absence

This document relates to temporary absence (off-campus activity) by doctoral candidates at the University of Auckland for a period between two months and one year, for instance to perform field work or complete laboratory work. Such absence may have an impact on the fees that you are charged. Read more here.

Creative Arts and Industries (CAI) postgraduate allowances

Postgraduate allowances are available to all postgraduate students in our faculty to cover equipment user charges, office consumables, photocopying, printing, binding, interloan charges and internet access costs that are not subsidised by the library or faculty. All claims must relate directly to academic work associated with a CAI programme of study.

Note: International exchange students are not eligible for postgraduate allowances.

Students may claim direct costs (receipts required) up to:

  • $500 per annum for doctoral students
  • $250 per annum for research masters students
  • $200 per annum for taught masters students
  • $150 per annum for postgraduate diplomas and bachelors honours students.
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Employment during study for postgraduate students


There may be opportunities for postgraduate students to work in CAI as paid tutors, teaching assistants or technicians with undergraduate programmes. Employment within the University can provide valuable professional and teaching experience. For more information, contact your school or department directly.

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Scholarships and awards


CAI offers a number of scholarships and awards for study at second-year level and beyond. For current students intending to enrol in a CAI postgraduate degree, there are also 17 Summer Scholarships of $5000, to enable you to work with CAI staff on a research project during the summer months prior to enrolment.

For more information, see CAI Summer Scholarships

In addition, there are some University-wide scholarships and awards, for which current CAI students are also eligible, including:

  • The University of Auckland Partnership Appeals Award
  • The University of Auckland Maori and Pacific Grad Scholarships (M/Hons/PGDip)
  • The University of Auckland Masters/Honours/PGDip Scholarship

For more information on University of Auckland scholarships and awards available to current students, see
Scholarships and awards

There are also a number of prizes awarded annually to current CAI students to acknowledge excellence in particular areas of creative practice. For further information about these prizes and eligibility, please contact your School/Programme directly.

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Financial support for doctoral students


Doctoral students can seek support from the University’s PReSS (Postgraduate Research Student Support) fund. This fund can be used to cover direct research costs, conferences and materials that can’t be covered by other research grants. Funding will be provided for every doctoral student for research costs, conferences and materials. The University of Auckland is currently the only university in New Zealand to provide such funding.

Download the PReSS form here

The Creative Arts and Industries Conference and Creative Event Fund (CCEF) can provide support to doctoral students to attend conferences and other research-related events.

Our schools can provide support through PBRF funds where criteria for allocation of these funds include provision for support of postgraduate students.

More information about financing your studies

Part-time work


Many students work part-time to support themselves through university. As well as helping to cover costs, this is a great way to get valuable work experience and network with potential colleagues and employers. However, it’s important to strike a balance between the number of hours you work and the requirements of your university study, so that your academic performance doesn't suffer.

Before committing to a part-time job, find out whether you are expected to undertake professional placements or work experience as part of your programme of study. You should also let your employer know the dates of your exam times so you can build flexibility into your work schedule.

If you are applying for a student allowance, bear in mind that you can earn a maximum of $180 gross per week before your allowance is affected.

Some of our programmes can be completed over a number of years, giving you the flexibility to complete courses while doing a full-time or part-time job, or managing family responsibilities.

Student Job Search can help with referral to short-term job opportunities.
Visit Student Job Search

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Student allowances


The student allowance is a weekly payment to help with your living costs while in full-time study on an approved programme. It is available to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents who have held New Zealand residency for at least two years.

For more information, visit the StudyLink website.

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Student loans


To be eligible for a student loan you must be a New Zealand citizen or have been granted permanent resident status. You must be studying full-time for a minimum of 12 weeks, or part-time for a full year, at an approved tertiary institution. You may apply for tuition fees, course-related costs (for example, books, stationery and travel) and living costs (living costs are not available to part-time students).

Applications for loans should be made at least one month before study begins.

For more information, visit the StudyLink website.

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Further information


Other useful information about financing your study and money management can be found via the following links:

Financial advice
Tips for creating a budget and managing your money.
Cost of Living
Approximate costs for everyday living expenses in Auckland.

For further enquiries about fees and money matters, use the Student Financials enquiry form.

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