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Student Allowances January - June 2019

For this report, a student is defined as a person who received at least one payment from StudyLink in the calendar year, up to the end of the specified reporting month. The data in this report are cumulative calendar year-to-date figures. All percentages are computed using actual data and rounded to the nearest one decimal point. Total percentages may not add to exactly 100 percent because of rounding effects. The last three years of data and annual comparisons are presented in summary tables, earlier figures are included in downloadable spreadsheets.


Student Allowances

During the first six months of 2019, there were 52,879 students who received financial support (a decrease of 2.8 percent from the same time last year) under the Student Allowances Scheme. A total of $267,416,510 was paid to students from 1 January to 30 June 2019, a slight decrease of 0.4 percent compared to June 2018. The amount included payments for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit.

From January to June 2019, students received Student Allowance of $4,335, on average. This was $982 more than the average payment received from January to June 2017 (up by 29.3 percent).

Students who were entitled to Accommodation Benefit received $1,088 on average, an additional $358 (up by 49.0 percent) compared with the average amount from January to June 2017.

Figure 1 presents the total number of students, and total amount paid for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit. Figure 2 shows the amount, on average, for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit.

SA number and amount
SA average amount

Number of recipients and amounts paid for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit

Allowance 1 January to 30 June Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-18 2018-19
Student Allowance 55,124 54,395 52,876 -1.3% -2.8%
Accommodation Benefit 37,117 35,722 35,082 -3.8% -1.8%
Total number of recipients 55,126 54,397 52,879 -1.3% -2.8%
Amount paid for Student Allowance $184,822,297 $234,247,809 $229,236,265 26.7% -2.1%
Amount paid for Accommodation Benefit $27,084,350 $34,333,035 $38,180,245 26.8% 11.2%
Total amount paid $211,906,647 $268,580,844 $267,416,510 26.7% -0.4%
Average Student Allowance $3,353 $4,306 $4,335 28.4% 0.7%
Average Accommodation Benefit $730 $961 $1,088 31.6% 13.2%

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