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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.


Allowances Paid

The weekly rates for Student Allowance are based on the personal and family circumstances of students (e.g. age of the student, parent/s’ income, relationship status, and other reasons).

Of the total number of students who received student allowances from January to March 2020, 33.6 percent were students with parental-income tested allowance, and lived away from home.

Distribution of recipients by allowances based of personal and family circumstances

Number of Recipients Based on Personal and Family Circumstances

Student allowances January to March Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018-19 2019-20
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living at home 10,317 9,291 8,483 -9.9% -8.7%
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living away from home 15,103 14,626 13,731 -3.2% -6.1%
Single students living at home 2,417 2,271 2,154 -6.0% -5.2%
Single students living away from home 9,838 9,654 9,349 -1.9% -3.2%
Single students with child/children 4,015 3,771 3,269 -6.1% -13.3%
Students in a relationship without a child/children 1,246 1,295 1,223 3.9% -5.6%
Students in a relationship with child/children 1,926 1,839 1,685 -4.5% -8.4%
Independent Circumstances Allowance and Accommodation 767 774 996 0.9% 28.7%
Total number of recipients 45,629 43,521 40,890 -4.6% -6.0%