Boarding Fees

Our boarding fees are reviewed annually.  Updated fees for 2023 are now available.


Deposit to Secure a Boarding Place

A deposit of $1,000 (NZ) is to be paid when accepting a boarding place at Nelson College. This deposit is credited to the student’s invoice for boarding fees. In those cases where the acceptance is subsequently declined by the parent, the deposit may be forfeited except at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.


Full Board

2023 Boarding Fees for all boarders are $15,900.  Boarding fees and accommodation covers the weeks that the school is in operation. These fees are charged over 9 months, from February to October @ $1,766.67 per month. This account will also include charges relating to boarding, eg house canteen, house photos, house organised activities & bus transport home as arranged by the Housemaster.  All other general school and living expenses are to be paid at the time and cannot be charged to House Account.

These fees and expenses are due to be paid by 20th of the following month by either:

    • Automatic Payment
    • Internet Banking
    • Credit Card – this will incur a bank fee of 1.7%

Payment for the full year is acceptable, a discount is applicable if this option is chosen, as per details to be sent out to you with your first invoice pack.  Parents are to take responsibility for any private expenses and pocket money by setting up a bank account for their son which they can access with their EFTPOS card.

Please contact the Director of Boarding if you are unable to meet these financial commitments.


School Expenses

Domestic boarding students are treated the same as day school students.  All costs and expenses (e.g. trip fees, co-curricular fees) must be paid by parents and aren’t included in the boarding fees.

Boarding Scholarships

 There are currently no scholarships available


Students who are likely to make a significant and positive contribution to Nelson College may apply for the annual Gibbons Family Scholarship.  This is open to students in year 11.



This scholarship is worth $2,500 per year.  It runs for three years, with an annual review and renewal at the discretion of the Headmaster.  Selected applicants will be required to visit Nelson for interview.

Completed application form(s) are to be returned to:

The Headmaster
Nelson College
Private Bag 16

Tel: (03) 548 3099

Applications must be submitted by September 20th of the previous year, and must include:

    • A copy of all School Reports received in the last 12 months.
    • A recent photograph.
    • A personal statement not exceeding 300 words in the applicant’s own handwriting, describing himself and his family, interests, activities, sports and hobbies.

The Confidential Report Form must be completed by the applicant’s present principal and returned directly to the Headmaster, Nelson College.  An additional referee (nominated) will be contacted by Nelson College.

    Gibbons Scholarship (PDF)

    Confidential Referee Report (PDF)