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Student Allowances January - September 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.


Education providers attended

From 1 January to 30 September 2019, there were 31,096 Student Allowance (SA) recipients enrolled in universities only, a slight decrease of 1.4 percent compared with September 2014.

The proportion of students in receipt of SA who were in universities, was 51.3 percent. This was slightly higher compared with September 2018 (50.3 percent).

SA types of providers

Number of recipients by types of education providers

Types of education providers 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
University 31,137 31,523 31,096 1.2% -1.4%
Polytechnic 19,272 18,740 17,430 -2.8 -7.0%
Private training establishment (PTE) 8,925 8,528 8,331 -4.4% -2.3%
Wānanga 2,656 2,434 2,420 -8.4% 0.6%
Multiple and other providers 1,377 1,410 1,325 2.4% -6.0%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 63,367 62,635 60,602 -1.2% -3.2%

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 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
University $148,803,101 $197,039,554 $195,256,253 32.4% -0.9%
Polytechnic $99,087,748 $122,569,218 $114,960,285 23.7% -6.2%
Private training establishment (PTE) $39,756,686 $48,336,286 $48,036,212 21.6% -0.6%
Wānanga $16,671,333 $19,400,995 $20,209,829 16.4% 4.2%
Multiple and other providers $8,497,009 $11,540,807 $11,425,542 35.8% -1.0%
Total amount paid for Student Allowance $312,815,875 $398,886,860 $389,888,121 27.5% -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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