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Student Allowances January - December 2019

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


Student Allowances

For the 2019 calendar year (January to December), 62,498 recipients received student support under the Student Allowances Scheme (a decrease of 3.4 percent compared with the same time last year). The total amount paid under the Student Allowance scheme was $593,540,706, a small decrease of 1.4 percent compared with 2018.

The average amount of Student Allowance paid to students in 2019 was $8,145, an increase of 1.2 percent compared with 2018. Students who were entitled to Accommodation Benefit received an average of $2,017, an increase of 7.6 percent compared with 2018.

Figure 1 presents the total number of students, and total amount paid for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit. Figure 2 shows the number of students receiving Student Allowance and average amount paid. Figure 3 presents the number of students receiving accommodation benefit and the average amount paid.

Fig 1 SA number and amount
Fig 2 SA average allowance
Fig 3 SA average accommodation benefit

Number of recipients, amounts paid, and average amount paid for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit

Allowance January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-18 2018-19
Student Allowance 65,352 64,728 62,495 -1.0% -3.4%
Accommodation Benefit 44,438 43,025 41,895 -3.2% -2.6%
Total number of recipients 65,354 64,730 62,498 -1.0% -3.4%
Amount paid for Student Allowance $406,772,730 $521,212,838 $509,021,259 28.1% -2.3%
Amount paid for Accommodation Benefit $59,467,666 $80,663,078 $84,519,447 35.6% 4.8%
Total amount paid $466,240,396 $601,875,916 $593,540,706 29.1% -1.4%
Average Student Allowance $6,224 $8,052 $8,145 29.4% 1.2%
Average Accommodation Benefit $1,338 $1,875 $2,017 40.1% 7.6%

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