Youth Guarantee

16-19 years old? Youth Guarantee can help cover your fees, course-related costs and travel. Study fees free for up to two years in a range of practical hands-on programmes. Complete an introductory Level 2 programme and then choose from a wider selection of Level 3 options. More details

16-19 years old?

  • Fees free
  • Subsidised travel costs
  • Study for up to 2 years

More about Youth Guarantee

Youth Guarantee

Youth Guarantee enables you to study fees free for up to two years in a range of programmes.

This may be an ideal option if you want to keep learning, but feel a secondary school environment is no longer right for you. You can also apply if you are under 19 and want to get back into education.

To qualify for Youth Guarantee, you must be:

  • A New Zealand citizen or have permanent residency in New Zealand
  • 16–19 years of age at the start of the programme (or 15 years old with an early leaving exemption from school)

Youth Guarantee allows you to achieve a Level 2 qualification and then proceed to a Level 3 programme. To qualify for support you must start at Level 2. If you already have a Level 2 qualification at the time of enrolling, you may not be eligible for assistance.

Further entry criteria may apply to particular programmes. Please check the requirements listed on each programme page. 

Apply for subsidised travel costs.