Do I still need to apply to StudyLink to access fees-free study?
No, the fees will be paid directly to NCNZ by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). But if you wish to apply for a student allowance or the two non-fees parts of a student loan (living costs and course-related costs), then you will still need to apply to StudyLink.
It is your choice whether to apply for a student allowance or loan living costs and course-related costs, but if you plan to do so StudyLink encourages prospective students to apply as early as possible, and to provide supporting documents promptly (you can apply online). This will ensure that applications can be assessed in time for the start of the coming academic year.