Level 9, 44 The Terrace
PO Box 27048
Wellington, New Zealand 6141
23 September 2019
P +64 4 462 5200
[FYI request #11174 email]
Tēnā koe Kelly
Thank you for your request, received on 9 September 2019, about accelerated learning for graduate
The Official Information Act (OIA) requires government agencies to release information unless there
are good reasons to withhold it. Under the Act, there is no obligation for agencies to form an opinion
or create information in order to respond to a request.
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) provides funding to tertiary education organisations, if they
meet the relevant funding conditions. Most graduate level research qualifications will be funded
through the TEC’s Student Achievement Component fund. The 2019 Student Achievement Component
funding conditions can be found on the TEC’s website at: www.tec.govt.nz/funding/funding-and-
Based on the information you have provided it would not be possible to assess whether the
circumstances you have outlined meet the TEC’s funding conditions. Therefore it would not be
appropriate for me to comment.
Under the Education Act 1989, universities are granted academic freedom and institutional autonomy
to support their teaching and research activities. This means that each university is responsible for
deciding the entry requirements and whether or not they will allow a student to complete the course
in an accelerated timeframe within the funding conditions set by the government.
Universities may take a range of factors into consideration when deciding whether to allow a student
to undertake a course of study which are unrelated to TEC funding conditions. Therefore, if you would
like to undertake an accelerated course of study, I would recommend that you discuss your options
with the university concerned.
Manager Operational Strategy Policy and Insights
Tertiary Education Commission