UnitedFuture proposes a bold new approach to tertiary education policy, which would see New Zealand finally offer free education at every level of study. Tertiary education is a transformational tool both for the individuals who engage in it, but also for our country as we reap the benefits of the innovation and skills our graduates bring us. The flagship of this policy is a proposal of a zero-fees policy for tertiary education in New Zealand in place of Student Allowances.
This would mean that the average student engaged in tertiary education will leave with the only debt against their name the living costs that they choose to borrow. This policy will provide much greater supports for students engaged in Polytechnics, Institutes, Wānanga, Universities or other tertiary providers. We follow comparable models across Europe in offering lower barriers for all tertiary education in order to deliver a better tomorrow for New Zealand.