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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.


Education providers attended

Over the 2019 calendar year (January to December), there were 31,567 Student Allowance (SA) recipients enrolled in universities only. This was a decrease of 1.5 percent compared with last year.

The proportion of students in receipt of SA who were enrolled in universities was more than half (50.5 percent) of the total number of students who received SA. This was slightly higher compared with 2018 (49.5 percent).

Fig 1 SA types of providers

Number of recipients by types of education providers

Types of education providers January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
University 31,554 32,042 31,567 1.5% -1.5%
Polytechnic 19,766 19,311 17,957 -2.3% -7.0%
Private training establishment (PTE) 9,653 9,231 8,939 -4.4% -3.2%
Wānanga 2,761 2,511 2,508 -9.1% -0.1%
Multiple and other providers 1,620 1,635 1,527 0.9% -6.6%
Total number of student allowances recipients 65,354 64,730 62,498 -1.0% -3.4%

Note: "Multiple and other providers" includes combination/s of providers (e.g. university and polytechnic, PTE and university) that some students attended during the specified reporting period. "Other" types of providers are listed in the downloadable Excel file.


Student Allowance paid to students by types of education providers

Types of education providers January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
University $189,609,062 $250,920,595 $249,794,585 32.3% -0.4%
Polytechnic $129,015,327 $160,828,325 $150,430,826 24.7% -6.5%
Private training establishment (PTE) $53,008,823 $65,675,681 $64,572,677 23.9% -1.7%
Wānanga $22,448,863 $26,582,592 $27,658,322 18.4% 4.0%
Multiple and other providers $12,690,656 $17,205,646 $16,564,847 35.6% -3.7%
Total amount paid for student allowance $406,772,731 $521,212,839 $509,021,257 28.1% -2.3%

Note 1: "Multiple and other providers" includes combination/s of providers (e.g. university and polytechnic, PTE and university) that some students attended during the specified reporting period. "Other" types of providers are listed in the downloadable Excel file.

Note 2: Data does not include payments for Accommodation Benefit.

Note 3: Amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar.


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