International student levy

The international student levy applies to international fee-paying students enrolled at state or state-integrated schools. The levy doesn’t apply to exchange or New Zealand Aid programme (NZAID) students.

How the international student levy is calculated

Schools are only levied for the period of time in which international fee-paying students are enrolled.

For each student, we multiply the number of enrolled weeks by a weekly rate to calculate the levy amount.

The levy is calculated per trimester, which means your levy amounts are spread over the year.

International student levy rates

The rates for the international student levy are called foreign fee rates. They're published with the operational funding rates.

Operational funding rates

How the international student levy is debited

The levy is debited from your operations grant instalments.

At the end of each trimester we email a spreadsheet (RS15) to your school that lists the international fee-paying students and their levy amounts, so your school will know in advance how much will be deducted.

When the levy is debited

Levies are debited from your operational funding instalments at the following times.

  • Trimester 1: 2 February to 30 April — July instalment
  • Trimester 2: 1 May to 31 July — October instalment
  • Trimester 3: 1 August to end of school year — January instalment.

Request a refund for international student levies

Because we use the ENROL database to calculate the number of weeks each student has been enrolled in a trimester, refunds are rarely needed. However, if your school believes a refund is due contact our administrator.

Contact us

Contact the administrator for the international student levy.


Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666

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