Student Achievement Component – Provision at Level 3 and above on the NZQF Fund

Student Achievement Component – Provision at Level 3 and above on the NZQF Fund

Last updated 13 July 2018
Last updated 13 July 2018

The Student Achievement Component (SAC) is the Government’s contribution towards the cost of teaching and learning services for students enrolled at a tertiary education organisation (TEO).

Students must be studying towards a qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

The SAC comprises two funds; the SAC – Provision at Level 3 and above on the NZQF Fund (SAC level 3 and above), and the SAC – Qualifications at Levels 1 and 2 on the NZQF Fund (SAC levels 1 and 2).

Information on these pages relates to SAC level 3 and above funding (including information about SAC levels 3 and 4 (Competitive) funding).

Information about SAC level 1 and 2 funding is available on the SAC levels 1 and 2 webpages.  

In addition see:

  • Equity funding for information about the Government’s contribution to improve access to SAC-funded tertiary education for, and the achievement of, Māori students, Pasifika students, and students with disabilities
  • Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) funding for information about the Government’s provision for fees-free SAC-funded tertiary education places for Māori and Pasifika students (to acquire the skills needed to enter into a New Zealand Apprenticeship or equivalent), and
  • Performance linked funding for information about linking a portion of SAC funding to TEO performance.

Key changes for 2018 (summarised)

Confirmed student enrolments

In 2017 we implemented a new funding condition; SAC level 3 and above Condition: Confirmed student enrolments requires TEOs to report all course enrolments where the fees refund period has passed and fees (or a portion of fees) are retained (less any administration charge), but the threshold for claiming TEC funding has not passed.

The reason for the funding condition is so we have full visibility of, and TEOs are accountable for, provision where there is a cost to the student (and sometimes the Crown through student loans and allowances).

Effective for course enrolments starting on or after 1 January 2019

We are expanding our reporting requirement for this condition to include course enrolments where the fees refund period has passed and fees (or a portion of fees) are retained (less any administration charge), and the threshold for claiming TEC funding has passed, but no TEC funding is claimed.

The new requirement takes effect for course enrolments starting on or after 1 January 2019, with reporting required in the April 2019 Single Data Return (SDR).

The TEO must report these enrolments under Source of Funding (SoF) 31 alongside course enrolments that are not eligible for TEC funding where the TEO retains student fees.

See Confirmed student enrolments on the Enrolments page.

This change means that, from 1 January 2019, TEOs must report all course enrolments where:

  • the TEO has charged the student a fee(s), and
  • the fees refund period has passed, and
  • the TEO has retained all or part of the fee when the student withdrew.

The reporting requirement is regardless of whether or not:

  • the TEO actually claims TEC funding, and/or
  • the student’s withdrawal date is before or after the threshold for claiming funding.

Training schemes

We have published criteria for funding training schemes. In addition, private training establishments can now be funded to deliver training schemes. See Non-qualification based components of a programme  and Approving a qualification or training scheme to access funding, both on the Qualifications and courses page.

Note: ‘training scheme’ includes Certificates of Proficiency and Certificates of Personal Interest.

Fees

We have provided guidance about fees refunds and holding a fees refund as credit for future enrolment. See Enrolment changes under Enrolment .

Aviation

There are changes to student loan borrowing for fees-free aviation students. See Aviation under Programme eligibility.

Learning hours

We have clarified our requirements for entering learning hours information into the Services for Tertiary Education organisations (STEO) learning hours fields. See Learning hours, under Duration, under Information about qualifications, on the Qualifications and courses page.

Recognition of learning / prior achievement

We have better aligned our information with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s (NZQA’s) guidelines. See Recognition of learning / prior achievement on the Enrolment, and Funding and payments pages.

International students enrolled post-graduate research programmes

Funding for international students enrolled post-graduate research programmes is changing at the end of 2018. From 1 January 2019, only international students enrolled in a PhD will be eligible for tuition subsidy.
See International students under Student eligibility on the Eligibility page.

Resources

Other resources include: