Ula's Fees Free success story


Fees Free helped Ula gain new skills so she can provide for her family.

Ula Taufao is a 43-year-old mother of three who knows that you can still study or train no matter what age you are or how many children you have.

When Ula was made redundant she wanted to make a career move. She thought about studying something new but the cost put her off.

Then Ula saw an advertisement for the Fees Free programme on Facebook. She checked the website and found out she was eligible for fees-free study.

“I said to myself, ‘wow, it’s an amazing opportunity. Why waste time? Just grab it.’”

Ula didn’t see study as an option for herself before she found out about Fees Free. She was thinking about paying for her children’s studies one day but wasn’t thinking about her own.

“It’s a pleasure for me to have this beautiful chance because I couldn’t do it if I had to pay.”

Ula’s message for everybody is that if you’re looking to change careers and follow your dreams, visit the Fees Free website and check if you’re eligible for fees-free study or training.

“You might think, ‘Oh, I’m too old’. Please, you’re not too old. It doesn’t even matter how many children you have. You can still have the chance to study.”

Watch Ula's success story

Ula: Hello. My name is Ula Taufao. I have three children, one girl, two boys.

Since I was made redundant it was a big mess to my life. Thinking of paying bills of children in college is not easy. It's so expensive. To myself as a mother, I have to do my role as a parent.

I really wanted to change my environment in regards to taking a course but I just couldn't, just because I can't afford. Then I said to myself, "I really need to move on."

One day I was just scrolling on Facebook and I just saw an advertisement of the Fees Free. So I said to myself, "Wow", it's an amazing opportunity for me because when it says free, why not? Why waste the time? Just grab it. It's a pleasure to me to have this beautiful chance because I just couldn't do it if I do have to pay.

My message for everybody, if you are keen to grab this kind of great opportunity, which is Fees Free, go to the website of Fees Free, check on your eligibility. You might think, "Oh, I'm too old." Please, you are not too old. I'm 43, but I'm still not giving up. Doesn't matter if you got how many children, you can still get the chance to go and study.

Updated 16 Dec 2020