Taruna is registered by the New Zealand Qualification Authority [NZQA] as a Private Training Establishment under the provisions of the Education Amendment Act 1990. We aim to develop and maintain NZQA approval, under the provisions of the same Act, of programmes that are offered by Taruna.
NZQA registration enables eligible students enrolled on NZQA approved programmes at Taruna to obtain New Zealand Government Student Loans (New Zealand and Australian residents) and Student Allowances (New Zealand residents), and for foreign students to obtain Student Visas and Permits.
NZQA registration also enables Taruna to receive Tertiary Education Commission (formerly the Ministry of Education) funding for New Zealand and Australian resident students studying NZQA approved programmes. Taruna has received the highest possible Audit rating from the NZQA for our Quality Management Systems.
General Fees Information
Programme Tuition Fees, which do not cover books, stationery, sundries, board or transport, vary from programme to programme and may change from time to time. Details are available separately for each programme.
All formal Taruna students will be charged an extra $100 on top of their programme fees. This is broken into two parts. $50 as a bond for library use and will be refunded at the end of your studies after you have returned all your books. $50 is charged for classroom/art materials and includes Taruna hospitality.
Students not resident in New Zealand or Australia are required by the New Zealand Immigration Service to pay full fees in advance (into a Trust Fund) as a condition for receiving a Student Permit.
To send money by Electronic Funds Transfer, you will need the following details of the Trust account:
Bank Name: HBS Bank
Account Name:Taruna College Student Fees Trust
Heretaunga Building Society
111 Avenue Road East, Hastings
Account #: 031369-0180296-000
Particulars: (Taruna, Your name)
Swift Code: WPACNZ2W
Programme Tuition Fee payments are due by the programme start date, which is two weeks prior to the seminar or first term commencement. All fees must be paid in full by this date unless alternative arrangements have been agreed in writing with the Taruna Manager. A Late Payment fee of $50 is charged to those who have not paid by the first seminar start date. Students who have not paid all fees by the due date may be denied admission to classes and shall not be eligible for the awarding of credits until all approved fees are paid.
All funds received from prospective students prior to the start date of a programme are held in an independent Trust Fund. These funds are protected through a Bank Bond arrangement.
Tuition fees for New Zealand & Australian students are lower than for International students due to Government subsidies paid by the Tertiary Education Commission. International students are not eligible to apply for Student Loans or allowances.
Student Allowances and Student Loans
Taruna programmes are New Zealand Qualifications Authority approved for Student Allowance and Student Loan purposes.
Any full-time student enrolled in a Taruna programme that meets the criteria of the Ministry of Education, and is a:
- New Zealand citizen or permanent resident;
- An Australian citizen who has been resident in New Zealand for at least two years;
may apply for a student allowance.
Any student enrolled in a Taruna programme that meets the criteria of the Ministry of Education, and is a:
- New Zealand citizen or permanent resident;
- An Australian citizen:
may apply for a student loan.
Student Loans and Allowances are handled by Work and Income New Zealand [WINZ]. They may be contacted by:
- Freephone: 0800 88 99 00
- Freefax: 0800 88 33 88
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- website: www.winz.govt.nz
Withdrawals and Refunds Policy
Taruna expects that students enrolled in any programme will complete the full programme. The annual budget is based on the actual enrolments. Costs are not reduced by the withdrawal of a student.
Fees for all programmes are due two weeks before the first seminar commences.
All withdrawals must be notified in writing to the relevant Programme Director.
If an International student intends to withdraw from a programme, or their attendance falls below that which is required to successfully complete the programme, a meeting will be set up between the student and the relevant Programme Director.
This meeting will clarify whether:
- the student has decided to withdraw, and / or will seek to redress any problems or issues that may be contributing to the student’s decision to withdraw.
- The student’s attendance and completed work is sufficient for them to continue. Taruna will seek to enable the student to continue, but continued unsatisfactory poor attendance and / or work unsatisfactorily completed may lead to Taruna suspending the student’s place on the programme.
If the student formally withdraws, ceases to attend class for more than one month, or has their place suspended by Taruna; New Zealand Immigration Services will be informed by Taruna of the student’s change in status.
Any full-time student who withdraws before the eighth day of the programme is entitled to a refund of all fees paid, less a 10% Administration Fee, up to a maximum of $500.
Students may wish to take out insurance against loss of fees due to their withdrawal for unforeseen circumstances.
Students of Seminar-based Programmes:
No refunds will be given after the start of the seminar, module or unit. When a student withdraws more than a week before the programme start date, a full refund of fees paid or payable will be made. Withdrawals within a week of the beginning of the first seminar of the programme will have 10% or $500 (whichever is less) administration charge deducted from the fees paid.
If Taruna cancels a programme prior to the scheduled start date, a full refund of any fees (Registration and Tuition) is paid. Students enrolled will be notified immediately upon the cancellation of a course or programme.
Taruna reserves the right to cancel or postpone any programme or course or any part thereof at any time, and shall not be liable for any claim other than for that proportion of the programme or course fee which the cancelled or postponed portion bears.
If a student believes there are special circumstances for which a refund is warranted beyond the above guidelines, this case must be presented to the Taruna Manager in writing within 14 days of withdrawal. Any student, who believes that there are exceptional circumstances for fees paid in one year to be credited to another year, may put this case in writing, also within 14 days of withdrawal, for consideration by the Taruna College Council.
Taruna has “Fee Protection” procedures in the event of Taruna being de-registered by the Qualifications Authority, withdrawal of accreditation or going into liquidation or receivership. This is managed through an external Trust account, and a Bank Bond in place to refund students.
This arrangement has been accepted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as meeting the requirements of its student fee protection policy.