"I chose to move forward and learn my craft" – Tony O'Rourke

Course Fees


The government has introduced Fees-Free for all New Zealand students who finish school in 2017, or will finish during 2018. Even if you are eligible for fees-free, you may still want to borrow course-related costs and living costs through a student loan. If you are not eligible for the Fees-Free scheme, the costs of the programmes and fees are listed below (students who are wanting to take a minor, this is not part of Fees-Free).

Level 4 Certificate


$5,986 ex GST

Compulsory student services fee (see report below)

$447 ex GST

International Students' Fee

$12,500 ex GST

Level 5 Diploma


$5,986 ex GST

International Students' Fee

$12,500 ex GST

Additional Expenses

Students may incur additional expenses which will vary depending on the major subjects chosen.

(NB all figures are subject to change).

Taking a Minor at EXCEL

Students who would like to take a minor – this may be on an instrument, vocals, dance or drama, must first audition to do so. Minor courses do not contribute to your overall credit count and are in addition to the 120 credits needed to gain the qualification. In light of this, there is an additional cost involved, in much the same way as you may have private lessons. It is a great opportunity with the professional tutors that EXCEL has to offer. The costs are listed below and do not qualify for Fees-Free.

Music (instrument or vocal)

If taking an individually tutored music minor subject, the additional cost will be:

$734 ex GST


Dance or Drama

$200 ex GST

Commitment and Administration Fee

A commitment and administration fee of $150.00 must be enclosed with a student's letter of confirmation accepting the place offered them in the EXCEL School of Performing Arts. This fee is in addition to the tuition fees listed above. If a student declines their place before the course commences, the commitment fee is non-refundable. It should be noted that EXCEL, unlike other similar organisations, does not charge an audition fee, in spite of the fact that there is considerable expense in processing each application.

Compulsory Student Services Fee

Compulsory Student Services Fee 2019 (Report to students)

The Compulsory Student Services Fee for 2019 is $447 (ex GST).


Compulsory student service fees                                                $34,320


Counselling services/ medical                                                        $7,000

Careers information, advice and guidance                                    $2,500

Sports, recreation and cultural activities                                    $24,500

Surplus (Deficit)                                                                                    $320

Counselling services

A trained counsellor, Darlene Adair is available for counselling and students are able to book in for sessions.  According to availability the student is able to have more than one session if required.

Careers information, advice and guidance

For 2019, Excel School of Performing Arts, will give students the opportunity to sit the Strengthsfinder test which identifies the Top 5 strengths according to the Clifton Strengthsfinder list of 34 strengths.  The student will then have an in-depth coaching session (1 hour) which probes these strengths and talk about possible career and further study options.  The student should come out of these session with an incredible sense of wonder and excitement at their uniqueness and for many it clarifies a direction for them to take on into the future.  Deborah Knight is the main strengths coach.

Sports, Recreation and Cultural activities

In April, the whole school goes down to Taupo for 4 days at Lake Taupo Christian Camp.  This is a camp by the shores of Lake Taupo, 30 mins south of Taupo.  Well away from any shops and with no TV it is an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a number of sport and recreational activities as well as a retreat time.  The camp covers travel, food and accommodation and the sport and recreational activities.  

Student Loans and Allowances

Eligible students are able to apply for student loans and allowances. Please note that a student must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to be eligible. Forms can be obtained from Studylink Centre, Private Bag 11070, Palmerston North (Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or via the Studylink website). You can also apply for your loan online through the website.

For any queries, please feel free to contact our office and talk to one of our staff who will be only too happy to assist.

For further details regarding loans, allowances and course related costs, check out the Studylink website.

Awards and Scholarships

If you are of Maori descent, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Application should be made to the Special Education Service He Tohu Umanga Matauranga, Manaaki Tauira Grants and other sources that support Maori students.

Withdrawal and Refund

It is the stated policy of EXCEL Ministries Charitable Trust Board of Trustees, to refund to any student who chooses to withdraw from the course within the first eight days of the course the total enrolment sum less $600.00 (or less 10% of the total enrolment sum, whichever is the lesser) as withdrawal from any given course is effectively withdrawal from the establishment. Withdrawal must be given in writing.

If after eight days it becomes apparent that the course level is inappropriate for the student, the option of transferring to another course with no fee penalties will be considered.

Those students who terminate their course of study after eight days, but before thirty days, may have their fees held in credit for re-enrolment in the following year. Fees will not be held in credit for more than one year. Any other situation will be regarded as non-refundable. If a student is required to leave the school because of breach of school rules, no refund of fees will be given.

In the unlikely event of de-registration, or partial or complete withdrawal of accreditation, EXCEL will either provide a refund pro-rata for the balance of fees or provide ongoing tuition at a similar level acceptable to the student.

EXCEL has provided students with insurance protection against financial failure on the part of EXCEL in the form of a performance bond underwritten by Bank of New Zealand. This bond is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract entered into.

Updated October 2018. All details subject to change without notification.