Fees and Funding

BTI is a private tertiary institution, and so we charge fees for our students to study here. 

These fees may be subject to the government’s fees-free promise for the first year of study, or also may be able to be paid through student loans or allowances

Please note that domestic fees for our new micro-credentials in Responding to Trauma are now available – click on the PDF below.

Students on campus

2022 Domestic Tuition Fees and

Fees for students based in NZ for 2022

See also Compulsory Student Services Fees.

2022 International Tuition Fees
and Levies

Fees for students based outside NZ for 2022

See also Fees and costs.

2022 Administration Fees

List of other fees that apply to students such as application, administration or withdrawal fees. 

Important information about fees

We are required by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to publish information relating to how BTI utilises the Compulsory Student Services Fees.

You will find most recent information available under ​Compulsory Student Services Fees.

These are costs that you are likely to have to pay over the course of the academic year and include such things as stationery, textbooks etc.

It is estimated that a full time domestic student should allow $1,000-3,000 each year to cover such items.

There may be other programme specific course related costs. You will find information relating to these (if any) within the programme information.

Distance students will need to factor in travel and accommodation expenses for intensives. International students will need to purchase adequate medical and travel insurance.

BTI is committed to addressing the environmental impact of paper consumption across campus. Course materials are provided online in a format that is easy to read on your computer or mobile device. Should you wish to print these off you will need to factor the printing costs into your course related
costs. We encourage you to recycle used paper using the environmental green bins situated around campus.

Living costs – this may include rent, power, water, food, entertainment, phone, transport… The amount needed for these can vary considerably depending on where you live, how much you use, how many people you share bills with, and your living style.

Fees-free tertiary study or training is now available for eligible learners.

Government Fees-free programme

If you’re a New Zealander or are ordinarily resident in New Zealand and were at school in or after 2019 (other than as an adult student), you may qualify for the equivalent of one years’ fees-free provider-based study in 2021.

If you’re not a recent school leaver, and you’ve done less than half a year of tertiary study or training (whether in New Zealand or in any other country), you may also qualify.

Check your eligibility: If you know your National Student Number (NSN), see if you qualify for fees-free at feesfree.govt.nz.

Please note: Even if you are eligible for fees-free, you may still want to borrow course-related costs and living costs through a student loan. 

For the most up-to-date information regarding student loans and allowances, please visit the StudyLink website.

Master’s programme first year domestic students

If you’re starting a master’s degree with us as a domestic student then you may be eligible for your first year for free tuition fees. Contact our Applications Administrator for details. 

BTI does not currently offer any scholarships or fee grants to students. However we encourage our students to apply for other local and national scholarships. See Scholarships 

In compliance with New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) student fee protection requirements, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute has commissioned the services of Public Trust.

Student Fees (Tuition and Levies) are paid into Public Trust, are held by them and released to BTI periodically throughout the year.

Applications for a student loan or allowance should be made by students directly with StudyLink – either online, by phone or in person at one of their centres.

The following BTI Programmes are approved for Student Loans and Allowances:
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Counselling
Bachelor of Social Work
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Professional Practice and Leadership
Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Practice and Leadership 
​NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation

It is the student’s responsibility to contact StudyLink to determine eligibility for all Loans and Allowances. BTI cannot advise you on this.

StudyLink – Hoto Akoranga – is responsible for the administration of Student Allowance and Student Loans in tertiary institutions. Students wanting to apply for an Unemployment Benefit, Student Hardship, Student Loan or Student Allowances should contact StudyLink directly. Please contact StudyLink to lodge your application before or as soon as you have been accepted into your programme of study.

There is a rule from the NZQA in the situation that BTI would close or cease to offer a course, that requires a refund to students affected within 5 working days.

“Where a Provider voluntarily closes, or ceases to offer a Course in which students are Enrolled, the Provider and Supplier are required to ensure at least the amount of a Pro Rata Refund is made for the affected Students within five working days from the date of the closure or cessation, unless NZQA permits a longer period.”

Withdrawal/deferral within 2 weeks before the start date of the academic programme will mean that tuition fees and levies (if paid) will be refunded less a 10% administration fee, or $550, whichever is lesser.

Withdrawal/deferral from a course/s within eight days after the start of the academic programme will mean that tuition fees and levies (if paid) will be refunded, less an administration fee.

No refund is payable if the withdrawal / deferral is after the specified withdrawal dates.

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