Financing your study

It's important to take the time to plan how you will pay for your study costs and support yourself financially while you study. There are a number of options available to help you.

Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) is a government initiative that supports learners to undertake vocational education and training for free. The fund covers tuition fees between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2022 for a targeted range of programmes at certificate and diploma levels.

The TTAF is designed to support New Zealanders to study and train in industries where demand is expected to grow as the country recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. You could consider studying at WITT in the following areas covered by the TTAF:

  • Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and forestry;
  • Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering;
  • Community support, including mental health and addiction support;
  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology;
  • Electrical engineering.

See the list of eligible WITT programmes and find out more on the TEC website.



StudyLink is a service of the Ministry of Social Development. They help students make informed choices about their student finance, how to apply for it and manage it online. StudyLink has a range of ways to help fund your study including Student Allowances and Student Loans.

Studylink or scholarship application support

We understand that sorting your finances for study can be a little overwhelming and confusing. If you need help applying for StudyLink, or finding out what other financial options are available to you (, book an appointment with Allana Prestney and she will get you on the right track before you start.

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