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If I am on a work or student visa, will my child have to pay foreign student fees to study here?

In most cases, a dependent child of someone who holds a New Zealand Work Visa will be regarded as a domestic student for primary and secondary school, so will not need to pay international fees when applying for a Student Visa. 

A dependent child of someone who holds a New Zealand student visa and is studying in an exchange programme approved by the New Zealand government will be regarded as a domestic student when attending primary and secondary school, so will not need to pay international fees when applying for a student visa.

Domestic student status (in primary and secondary schools) is also considered for a dependent child of someone who holds a New Zealand student visa and is enrolled in any Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme in a New Zealand university or is the holder of a New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarship.

Dependent Child Student Visa

If the child wants to attend a tertiary education institution, however, your child will need to meet our general requirements as an international student, including paying foreign student fees when applying for a student visa. More information on tuition fee requirements is available from the Ministry of Education.

Ministry of Education website

Every child that wishes to attend school/university in New Zealand for more than 3 months, must apply for a student visa. To be considered a domestic student the child must hold a student visa.

Evidence of parent/s status (ie, a copy of their visa in the passport) and evidence of dependency (eg. child's address being the same as the parent/s, and/or evidence of school fees being paid by the parent/s) will be required for domestic student applications.