Student Services Levy

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

The Student Council is the consultation forum for the levy and is made up of class reps and staff representative. Decisions about the student levy are to be made jointly with BTI to determine the maximum fee that students will pay and the types of services that will be delivered within the permitted categories set by TEC. Students can talk directly with their class reps to make their views known on the levy.

The Student Levy will be $686.40 (GST inclusive) for each full-time onsite student in 2022. This can be broken down to $5.72 per credit of enrolled courses.

In 2022, BTI is charging a lesser student services levy for those students who only study by distance with no onsite/intensive components, considered “offsite” students. The student levies for offsite students (students with no onsite intensives or components on campus) will be charged at 75% of the amount charged to an onsite student, based on the understanding that they do not use the same level of services as an onsite student. Student levy for a full-time offsite student will be $514.80 in 2022.

The fee funds key services for students to support their success, retention and overall well-being while studying at BTI, broken down into key categories:

  • Careers information, advice and guidance
  • Counselling services, pastoral care, student support
  • Financial support and advice, student hardship
  • Clubs and societies (BISA), student representation, Student HUB
  • Sports, recreation and cultural activities, student engagement

All students (domestic and international students) must pay the levy. Domestic students can borrow the amount against their student loan.

Students in the Hub

2020 Student services fees

2020 Student Services Fees were spent as below:




Careers information, advice and guidance$49,219
Counselling services, pastoral care, student support$58,883
Financial support and advice, student hardship$7,788
Sports, recreation and cultural activities, student engagement$17,969
Fees surplus at end of year$14,112
Total fees received$147,971

For a more detailed report: CSSF Report 2020

The compulsory student services fees is held in a student fee protection account by Public Trust​.

BTI educators and Student Support staff are on hand to help with employment, career development and advice. We help students and graduates with everything from CV preparation and interview skills through to putting candidates forward for employment opportunities.

Employment opportunities include practicum placements throughout their course.

BTI staff provide advice and support to students to make informed decisions about their career path to improve their employability such as helping with their choice of practicum placements.

At BTI we have a range of support services that are here to help you through any issues that may arise. We are here to walk with you on your journey as a student and our aim is to make your study here as enjoyable and fruitful as possible. All tutors receive training on student support.

Each programme has a person or group who is responsible for the pastoral care of students during their study. BTI follows the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of Domestic and International Students. ​

There is also a provision for external professional counselling (Counselling Referral and Support for students SG.36).

To help students focus on their learning, we offer presentations and guest speakers with expertise in a variety of areas. These presentations boost students’ knowledge in areas like budgeting, health and wellbeing, and effective communication.

BTI runs a range of events and activities, including sports days, cultural days, overnight Marae stays, and induction activities to engage our diverse student community.

Clubs and Societies (BISA), student representation, student HUB

BTI provides facilities to the Student Association (BISA) including student areas (HUB), free tea and coffee, full student kitchen. BTI provides administrative support to BISA to ensure student representation, and includes Support Services staff and the Executive Leadership Team’s advice and guidance.

BTI offers students information and advice to manage their money, including assistance with StudyLink issues and budgeting. In addition, BTI provides emergency financial assistance for students experiencing extreme financial hardship through a hardship committee.

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