The following groups of students are exempt from paying the Student Services Fee:

  • Students enrolled for distance papers only. This exemption is automatically calculated by Student Finance
  • Students enrolled for interest only* and not eligible to sit degree examinations. This exemption is automatically calculated by Student Finance
    * Note this is a special category and does not mean the same as studying because you are interested in a particular subject
  • Staff members – this means a person who is employed by the University on a half-time or greater basis for 10 months or longer. If there is any dispute about meeting this definition, the Director of Human Resources will decide. If a staff member is receiving staff study assistance the refund will be automatically returned to the department. Contact: student.finance@otago.ac.nz
  • Exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Director, Student Services – the Director may authorise a part or full refund in exceptional circumstances
  • Secondary school students studying University papers while also still at school

Most exemptions will be processed automatically to your fee account by Student Finance.

If you are a PhD student enquiring about Student Services Fee exemption, you should contact the Graduate Research School by emailing phd@otago.ac.nz

Enquiries for exemptions due to exceptional circumstances and secondary school students studying University papers while still at school should be emailed to cssf.exemptions@otago.ac.nz

All other students should email exemption enquiries to student.services@otago.ac.nz

Further information

Last updated 10/09/2020 10.09 AM

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