How to pay your fees

Find out how to pay your fees and what steps you need to complete if you have a scholarship or student loan.

The fees you pay depend on what you’re studying. Your Offer of Place letter will tell you exactly what you need to pay.

Proof of living expenses for your visa application

You may need to show proof of living expenses for your student visa application.

ANZ Bank allows international students to open bank accounts before they arrive in New Zealand. This is an easy way to deposit money before you arrive in the country. For more information visit the ANZ website

Students from China, India, Philippines and Sri Lanka may also be able to access the Funds Transfer scheme. For more information visit the Immigration New Zealand funds transfer scheme page.

Questions about student visas and proof of living expenses can be directed to Immigration New Zealand.

Students are required to only pay their fees as quoted on the Offer of Place to the University.

How and when to pay your tuition fees

We recommend that you pay your fees at least three months before courses start—you need evidence that you have paid your fees (or have funding for them, like a scholarship or loan) to get your visa, and visas can take up to six weeks to process.

It usually takes between 4–6 business days for your payment to be received. When your payment is received, Victoria International will send you a ‘Summary of Deposit’ letter to the email you provided on your application. You can use this letter as proof that you have paid your fees for your visa application. If you have applied through an agent, they will also receive the Summary of Deposit letter.

How to pay your fees

Your Offer of Place letter will tell you exactly what you need to pay.

All payments must include your Victoria University of Wellington student ID number. You can find your student ID number in your Offer of Place letter. If you do not include your student ID number, we might not be able to track your payment. If you do not include your student ID number, we might not be able to track your payment, which will result in significant delays in issuing you with a payment receipt or a Summary of Deposit. It is important to only state your Student ID number as a reference in the format 300XXXXXX.

You can pay your tuition fees using the online payment portal (our preferred method) or by telegraphic transfer.

Pay using our online payment portal

Our secure online payment portal allows you to pay using:

  • Visa or Mastercard
  • Account2Account (New Zealand back accounts only)
  • Western Union (including Union Pay).

Payment steps

Follow these steps to pay as a new international student:

  1. Go to the online payment portal.
  2. Enter your date of birth in the format DD/MM/YYYY.
  3. Complete the full estimated amounts for tuition fees, student levies, and insurance fees as stated in your Offer of Place.
  4. Select the start year of your programme. You can find this on your offer letter.
  5. Click 'Add to Cart' to proceed with your payment.

Pay by telegraphic transfer

If you can’t use our online payment portal to transfer your money, you can pay by telegraphic transfer. You may need to visit your local bank to do this—make sure you take the authorisation form with you.

Paying in New Zealand Dollars

Bank: ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
Branch: Wellington Commercial Branch, 1 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011
Account Number: 06-0606-0100241-00
Account Name: Victoria University of Wellington
SWIFT Code: ANZBNZ22

It can take a minimum of 4–6 business working days for your payment to arrive in our university account due to bank processing times. When making a telegraphic transfer, a bank fee may be charged and removed from the payment amount by one or both banks.

If your student ID number is not included as a reference when making payment then there will be a significant delay in issuing you with a payment receipt or a Summary of Deposit. It is mandatory for all payments to have only your student ID number stated on them as a reference in the format 300XXXXXX.

Pay for insurance with your fees

If you’re buying Studentsafe–University insurance, you can pay for your insurance at the same time you pay your fees.

Questions

If you have any questions about paying your international tuition fees, email victoria-international@vuw.ac.nz.

Scholarships and student loans

If you have a fully funded scholarship or a student loan (including US private loans or US Veterans Benefits), you may not need to pay your international tuition fees before you arrive—your scholarship or loan provider will do this for you.

Send us a scanned or digital copy of your award or scholarship letter to victoria-international@vuw.ac.nz. You can also use your award or scholarship letter to prove your funding to Immigration New Zealand when you’re applying for your student visa.