Domestic Fees Free Study

Grow your career and study fees-free until the end of 2022. T&Cs apply.

With the food and fibre sectors calling for more qualified professionals, we’re offering a fantastic range of free study options to domestic students until the end of 2022.

These include the Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund programmes, which cover the student services fee, and our own study free courses, which do incur some charges.

They are your chance to grow into your potential and be part of shaping a world that benefits from a greater relationship with the land.

Whether you want to enhance your employability after completing an undergraduate degree, make a career change, or undertake tertiary study for the first time, these programmes present a multitude of opportunities:


Free study programmes funded by Lincoln University

These programmes have a fee waiver and range from programmes designed to enhance your study skills to postgraduate.

Certificate in University Studies (available online or on-campus) 

Graduate Certificates*

Graduate Diplomas

Postgraduate Certificates

Pathway Certificate for MPA Entry

Postgraduate Diplomas*

Taught Master's

Research Master's**


You’ll only need to cover course-related costs (such as buying textbooks) and the Student Services Fee (although if you are studying online, this fee may be reduced).

*Please note: The fees waiver does not apply to the Graduate Certificate in Academic English, the Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management, the second semester of the Master of Precision Agriculture, and the Master of Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering.

**The fee waiver applies to the 120 taught credits of all research master’s degrees, but not to the 120 research credits.

Only available to domestic students (New Zealand citizens and permanent residents).

Government-funded free study programmes

To support domestic students into jobs in the food and fibre sectors, the Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund are covering course costs for selected Lincoln University sub-degree, or vocational programmes, until December 2022.

No previous tertiary study experience is necessary and you can go on to study for a degree or head straight into a job.

Apply for one of these programmes and enhance your employability by learning specific skills for an essential growth industry:

Diploma in Horticulture

Diploma in Horticultural Business

Diploma in Horticultural Management

Diploma in Agriculture

Diploma in Farm Management

Each programme has a practical work component, which involves spending time working on a relevant farm or business, ensuring that you are industry-ready as soon as you graduate.

Note: This funding is separate from the Government’s Fees Free scheme, which you will still be able to access at the end of your programme. 

View the full list of programmes offered Fees Free*

Fees Free* Flyer

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