Information for schools

NCEA fees refund
The Minister of Education has announced that families of secondary students will no longer have to pay fees to enter NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship. On 13 May, the Minister of Education made a significant pre-budget announcement around NCEA with the removal of 2019 NCEA and Scholarship fees.

Green Bay High School will now begin to start the process of refunding any fees already collected from New Zealand domestic students who are entering into 2019 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship. As this involves 155 students the process of refunding or transferring will take some time.

Click here for the Minister’s pre-budget full announcement which includes three major parts:

  1. Fees will no longer be charged for participating in NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship, with funding instead to be provided directly to NZQA by Government
  2. The Government will fund the continued rollout of NCEA Online
  3. The Minister released the Government’s high-level intentions following the NCEA Review.

The following information is from the official NCEA website

The Minister of Education has announced that families of secondary students will no longer have to pay fees to enter NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship.This change will remove financial barriers and ensure all the credits received towards NCEA will be visible in a student’s Record of Achievement.

These changes also mean schools no longer need to collect fees from around 168,000 New Zealand domestic students, or students from the Cook Islands and Niue, who are entering for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship.

Any fees already collected from these students for 2019 will be refunded by schools. NZQA will be in contact soon with those schools which have already remitted fees, and NZQA will be working to award credits and qualifications earned in previous years where fees were not paid.

Additionally, as fees no longer apply to enter NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship, schools will not need to process applications for financial assistance to pay them.

The Minister has also announced a range of improvements to NCEA, and that the Government will fund the continued roll out of the NCEA Online programme. More information about NCEA Online can be found here. Further information about the NCEA Review can be found on the NCEA Review website.

So, what does this mean for me?

Green Bay High School will now stop collecting fees from New Zealand domestic students who are entering into 2019 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship. Green Bay High School will now begin to start the process of refunding any fees already collected from these students. As this involves 155 students the process of refunding or transferring will take some time.

Where students have any outstanding charges (and have already paid 2019 NZQA fees) the amount will be credited towards their outstanding school fees – not including the donation. Where students have nothing owing (and have already paid 2019 NZQA fees) a credit can either be entered to their account to be used for future costs (or) if you would like it refunded into a bank account, please contact Accounts Manager, Debbie Tonkin, to provide a bank account number and the payment will be processed.

If you have unpaid fees from previous years, these no longer need to be paid. Over the next few weeks NZQA will send out awards with relevant credits and qualifications earned in previous years to those students who had not paid NZQA fees. If students have an urgent requirement, please phone 0800 697 296 or email the Data Management and Learner Records team [email protected] at NZQA to arrange for the award.

Will I get a NCEA refund of fees paid for 2018 or previous years? No.

Do schools still need to collect fees from international students? Yes – the removal of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship fees only applies to New Zealand domestic students.