Student Loans and Allowances

Level 5 and 6 Diploma students at Pathways are eligible for government loans and allowances. You will need to apply directly to StudyLink to begin the process of getting any government loans and allowances.

Visit and apply early.


Students serving in CCCNZ / Open-Brethren heritage churches are eligible to apply for the JH Baldwin Scholarship provided by the Lichfield Lands Incorporated Society. For more information, visit

Some local churches also support individual students with their tuition fees.

Fees Free Study

If you're a New Zealand citizen or resident and you're about to start your first year of tertiary, you could be eligible for up to one year of fees free study.

Check if you are eligible by visiting

Please note feesfree is not available for students enrolling into Online Courses or School of Worship Leading, as these are not NZQA accredited. 

2022 Fees*

NZ Diploma of Christian Studies, Level 5 (Internship) - 120 CreditsDomestic StudentsInternational Students
Student Course Costs$2,202$2,202

NZ Diploma of Christian Studies, Level 6 (Leadership) - 120 CreditsDomestic StudentsInternational Students
Student Course Costs$2,200$2,200

School of Worship Leading - 60 creditsDomestic Only                    
SoWL Days (2 per year)$100
Student Facility Fee (Paid Annually)$56

Online Courses - Credit StudentsDomestic Only                              
Tuition - 5 credit courses$230
Tuition - 10 credit courses$460
Student Facility Fee (Paid Annually)$56
Total varies based on individual course selection

Online Courses - Audit Students                             Domestic Only                              
Tuition - 5 credit courses $115
Tuition - 10 credit courses$230

Other Fees - All Programmes                                                              
Application Fee (Non-refundable; New Students Only)$100
Assessment Regrade (per assessment)$30
Late Assessment Submission Grading$30
Pathways Connect or Gmail Reactivation$30
Replacement Diploma or Transcript$30
Replacement Student ID Card$20
Special Diets (Block Courses)$35 per block course


  1. All prices include GST.
  2. Fees are subject to change without notification.
  3. The fees for the Level 5 and 6 diploma courses include the cost of accommodation and food during the six intensive block-course weeks. Incidental costs associated with study such as books, travel, stationery, accommodation during your ministry placement, or other costs relating to your particular ministry placement are not included in this fee schedule.  
  4. The International Student fees for students enrolled in the Level 5 and 6 diploma courses do not include airport transfers, costs associated with visa applications, insurances and other associated travel expenses. These are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
  5. The School of Worship Leading programme and Online Courses are not available to International Students.
  6. StudyLink loans and allowances and Fees-Free cannot be accessed for the School of Worship Leading programme or Online Courses.

FAQ: Fees and Payments

When will I receive an invoice? 

You will receive an invoice for your course fees once your enrolment has been confirmed. 
Students enrolled in Online Courses will be invoiced at the beginning of each semester of study, while all other students will be invoiced annually. 

Can I get a refund if I withdraw from my course or programme?

If you withdraw from a course or programme within the first two weeks of semester, you will receive a refund of your fees (minus your non-refundable application fee). After the second teaching week you may still withdraw from your course or programme but you will not be eligible for any refund. 

Can my church or placement organisation pay my fees? 

Yes, your church or placement organisation can pay your fees, but the invoice will be addressed to you. Regardless of the source of payment of your fees, you are responsible for ensuring that these are paid by the due date listed on your invoice.

Why are my fees deposited into a Public Trust account?

All student fees are paid directly to Public Trust. In accordance the Education and Training Act 2020 and the Student Fee Protection Rules 2021, Pathways College uses the Public Trust to protect all fees paid by students in connection with their study. The Public Trust transfers these funds to Pathways College in monthly instalments spread over the duration of your study. This ensures that your fees are protected from situations which may see our institution having to close. Should Pathways College close down, any unused portion of student fees at the time of closure, including tuition and accommodation fees, are refunded to the student in accordance with NZQA's policy.


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