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Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF)


CSSF is a fee to cover and support the provision various student services. The fee funds key services for students to assist student success and overall well-being whilst studying at NZMA.


NZMA has consulted with students on the Student Services Levy for 2019. The CSSF will remain at $400 per Equivalent Full Time Student. Only domestic students studying at level 3 and above pay this fee, unless you are a Youth Guarantee student.


The CSSF helps to fund the costs of delivering student services such as:
• Careers advice, guidance and support 
• Support with life skills and general wellbeing
• Access to counselling services on campus
• Financial support and advice 
• Sports, recreational and cultural activities
• Free breakfasts

It does not include services such as academic support, learning services, disability services, or targeted support such as youth. These areas get separate funding from the government and other funding streams.

 2018 CSSF Revenue and Expenditure  (NZD '000)
 Student Services Fee   482
 Careers Information and Guidance  (525)
 Guest Speakers


 Health Support (Free Breakfast)


 Sports, recreation and cultural activities



 Surplus / ( Deficit )



As part of the Ministry of Education’s direction, institutions are required to report on how these fees are charged and spent. This is available in the NZMA annual report. Institutions must include students or their representatives when deciding on the following: 
• maximum amount that students will pay 
• types of services delivered 
• procurement of these services 
• method for authorising expenditure on these services.

To find out more contact your Student Council representative

NZMA Careers – Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

NZMA has a team of highly experienced employment and career advisors at each campus. They are on hand to help students and graduates with everything that ensures success in the workplace from assistance in CV preparation and interview skills through to sourcing and forwarding candidates for interviews with employers.

Employment opportunities sourced by the team include work experience, internships, casual and part time employment and permanent full time roles.

NZMA’s careers teams also provide on-going advice and support to students to make informed decisions about their career paths.

In 2017, we added a new post placement support service to liaise directly with employers to support graduate employment success with contact at months 1, 3, 6, 12 and 24 following graduation. This has been successful in supporting graduate success, recording employment sustainability, and monitoring student skill set with industry needs. This will continue in 2019.

Life Skills and Wellbeing

In order to help students focus on their learning and achieve successful life outcomes, NZMA also offers presentations and guest speakers with expertise in a variety of areas. These presentations and guest speakers guide and enhance student knowledge in areas such as personal budgeting, health and wellbeing and effective communication skills. They also advise student in legislative areas of importance such as IRD compliance, tax laws and employment laws.

We also offer free breakfast at all campuses.

Counselling Services

NZMA has faced a significant change in student demographic in 2017/2018 that has required an increase in pastoral care and student support activities, including the addition of counselling services at every campus.

Financial Support and Advice 

NZMA offers students information and advice on managing money including assistance with processing Study Link loans, allowances and budgeting. Emergency financial assistance is provided to students experiencing extreme financial hardship on a case by case basis to ensure that students are able to travel to class during the time of hardship. 

Sports, Recreation and Cultural Services

NZMA conducts a range of events and activities including sports day, kapa haka and other ethnic cultural groups, cultural days and activities during induction period to engage and build relationships amongst the student body. Whanau days are also held to invite and engage friends and family in the student learning process during the course of study. 

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