Audio: First-year students also won’t be required to pay fees for their first year of study. Mike Hosking talks to Universities New Zealand executive director, Chris Whelan. 

Tertiary student numbers could be set to rise, with new student benefits set to kick in from next year.

More than 130,000 students will have access to an extra $50-dollars a week, following a Government boost to the student allowance.

First-year students also won’t be required to pay fees for their first year of study.

Universities New Zealand executive director, Chris Whelan told Mike Hosking the fees-free policy is attracting a lot of interest.

“We’re seeing a lot of inquiries but we also know there are a lot of people holding back waiting to get confirmation on whether they will or won’t be eligible for this policy.”

LISTEN ABOVE AS CHRIS WHELAN SPEAKS WITH MIKE HOSKING

Source: Newstalk ZB

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