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Tuition Fees and Course Costs 2019

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New Zealand Certificates and Diplomas



Course Fee per Paper

Cost to student with Mission Scholarship

Admin Fee per Paper

Eligible for interest-free student loan?

New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5) with strands in Christian Ministry or Religious Education

Course (paper) 10 credits

$350 $250 $20 Yes
Course (paper) 20 credits $700 $500 $20  Yes

Note: The fees for this Diploma are indicative only. Qualification still waiting for approval so is not available until it has NZQA approval and TEC fees set. 

New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) with strands in Christian Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, Religious Education and Theological Studies 

Course (paper) 15 credits

$525 $375 $20 Yes

Fees Free Study 2019 (funded through Study Link)

You may be eligible to study fees free in 2019.  If you were eligible in 2018 and are continuing with similar study, you will be eligible for fees-fee. If you are new to tertiary education or have done little tertiary education either in New Zealand or overseas, the government's new Fees Free policy may cover your fees for TCI.  This applies to the New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5) only.

Full information about eligibility can be found at this website   


Scholarships for the New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5) and New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) are available:

A special Mission Scholarship is available to:

        • encourage teachers in Catholic schools and people working in ministry roles in the church to gain a qualification
        • assist in the transition from the old qualifications with lower fees to the new qualifications

                In 2019 the Mission Scholarship is $100 per 10 credit course/paper studied ($150 for 15 credit course/paper and $200 for 20 credit course/paper). The criteria to receive this scholarship is being enrolled in a qualification. It is not available for students studying the odd paper and not intending to gain a qualification. 

The New Zealand Catholic Education Office has generously signalled that they will offer scholarships for teachers in Catholic Schools in 2019.  This Scholarship will apply to students studying the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details of the NZCEO scholarship. 

The Common Good Scholarship (The value of this scholarship is determined by need) is available for:

        • People from groups that are under-represented at TCI with particular emphasis on Māori and Pasifika students
        • Students who are experiencing financial hardship
        • Groups of teachers from the same school enrolling at the same time, where the group represents more than 25 percent of the teaching staff at the school
        • click application: icon Common Good Scholarship Application

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture

This Certificate is made up of four Units - three are taught by Australian Catholic University and one is taught by The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand.


 Fee per Unit (paper)

 Annual Student Services Fee (per year not per paper)

  Eligible for interest-free student loan from StudyLink?
Units taught by ACU   $AU 2,200  $AU 180  paid to the Australian Catholic University No - this is an overseas qualification
Unit taught by TCI  $NZ 1,650  N/A paid to TCI No - this is an overseas qualification

 As this is a residential programme located in Wellington or Auckland, participants are advised to factor in travel and accommodation costs.  There are some scholarships available for this programme of study.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to find out about these. 

TCI Old Qualifications

Fees for the following programmes of study     

Certificates in 


  • Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Catechetical Studies
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Pastoral Ministry (Hospital)
  • Pastoral Ministry (Prison)

Diploma in Pastoral Leadership


Diploma in Religious Studies with streams in:


  • Pastoral Minisry 
  • Relgious Education
  • Theological Studies 
  Course Fee per Paper Admin Fee per Paper Eligible for interest-free student loan? 
Certificate and Diploma courses (papers) at level 5 and 6 coded 100, 200   $83.50  $20  No
DipPL courses (papers) at level 6 coded 300 $122.50 $20 Yes

Old qualifications will be removed from the NQF in July 2019 and are no longer open for enrolment; students who are enrolled in one of the old qualifications have until June 2019 to complete.  This deadline is set by NZQA and no extensions can be made after this date. These qualifications are eligible for the Common Good Scholarship but not the Mission Scholarship or NZCEO scholarship. 

Recognition of Prior Learning Fees

RPL from an overseas institute (per application) $50.00
RPL from a New Zealand institute (per application)  $40.00
Cross-credits within TCI  no charge
Evidence of pre-requisite for entry into NZDCS qualifications  no charge

Students need to supply evidence of a recognised qualification obtained from another learning institution; the qualification must be less than 10 years old and at a level equivalent or higher than the TCI qualification.