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Student Allowances January – March 2020

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 year-to-date figures. All percentages are computed using actual data and rounded to the nearest one decimal point. The total percentages may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding effects. The last three years of data and annual comparisons are presented in summary tables. Earlier timeseries are included in the downloadable spreadsheets.

Note that the impacts of COVID-19 are not yet covered by this report.


Student Allowances

From January to March 2020, there were 40,890 students who received financial support under the Student Allowances Scheme. This was 2,631 fewer students (down 6.0 percent) when compared with the same period in 2019.

A total of $74,188,738 was paid to students during the first three months of 2020, a slight decrease of 1.9 percent compared with the same period in 2019. This amount includes payments for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit.

Total number of recipients and total number amount paid for student allowance and accommodation benefit

Of the total number of students who received allowances, 69.0 percent received Accommodation Benefit (AB). This was 1.1 percentage points higher than the uptake of AB from January to March 2019.

Number of recipients by types of allowance and uptake of Accommodation benefit

Number of Recipients, Amounts Paid, and Average Amount Paid

Student allowances January to March Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018-19 2019-20
Student Allowance 45,627 43,518 40,890 -4.6% -6.0%
Accommodation Benefit 30,441 29,533 28,216 -3.0% -4.5%
Total number of recipients 45,629 43,521 40,890 -4.6% -6.0%
Amount paid for Student Allowance $70,968,127 $64,582,084 $63,150,471 -9.0% -2.2%
Amount paid for Accommodation Benefit $8,289,869 $11,030,862 $11,038,267 33.1% 0.1%
Total amount paid $79,257,996 $75,612,946 $74,188,738 -4.6% -1.9%
Average Student Allowance $1,555 $1,484 $1,544 -4.6% 4.0%
Average Accommodation Benefit $272 $374 $391 37.5% 4.5%

Note: Dollar amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar.