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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.


Allowances paid

The weekly rates for Student Allowance are based on personal and family circumstances of students (e.g. age of the student, income of the parents, whether they have dependents etc).

Of the total number of students who received allowances during the 2019 calendar year, 30.4 percent were students with parental-income tested allowance and lived away from home.

Fig 1 SA payments received

Number of recipients based on personal and family circumstances

Personal and family circumstances January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living away from home 20,315 19,626 18,984 -3.4% -3.3%
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living at home 14,742 15,283 14,499 3.7% -5.1%
Single students living away from home 14,888 14,329 13,910 -3.8% -2.9%
Single students living at home 3,377 3,560 3,358 5.4% -5.7%
Single students with child/children 5,499 5,665 5,276 3.0% -6.9%
Students in a relationship, no child 2,021 1,975 2,172 -2.3% 10.0%
Students in a relationship, with child/children 3,275 3,115 2,948 -4.9% -5.4%
Students in receipt of independent circumstances allowance 1,237 1,177 1,351 -4.9% 14.8%
Total number of student allowance recipients 65,354 64,730 62,498 -1.0% -3.4%

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