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Student Allowances January - March 2019

The data in this report are cumulative year-to-date figures. Therefore, the January to December figures are the relevant calendar year figures in the annual statistics tables. For the purpose of 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. Percentage figures may not add to exactly 100 percent because of rounding effects. All percentages are computed using actual data and rounded to the nearest one decimal point. Three years of data and annual comparisons are presented in summary tables, earlier figures are included in the downloadable spreadsheets.


Student Allowances

During the first quarter of 2019, 43,521 students received financial support (a decrease of 4.6 percent from the same time last year) under the Student Allowances Scheme. A total of $75,612,946 was paid out to students from 1 January to 31 March 2019, or a decrease of 4.6 percent compared to 2018. This amount includes payments for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit.

Student Allowance numbers and amounts

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

Allowance 1 January to 31 March Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-18 2018-19
Student Allowance 47,382 45,627 43,518 -3.7% -4.6%
Accommodation Benefit 32,124 30,441 29,533 -5.2% -3.0%
Total number of recipients 47,384 45,629 43,521 -3.7% -4.6%
Amount paid out for Student Allowance $55,199,157 $70,968,127 $64,582,084 28.6% -9.0%
Amount paid out for Accommodation Benefit $8,128,233 $8,289,869 $11,030,862 2.0% 33.1%
Total amount paid out $63,327,390 $79,257,996 $75,612,946 25.2% -4.6%
Average Student Allowance $1,165 $1,555 $1,484 33.5% -4.6%
Average Accommodation Benefit $253 $272 $374 7.5% 37.5%

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