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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.

Demographics of Student Allowance recipients

The following tables provide a summary profile of students who received Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit during the last three calendar years. Detailed data series are available in the downloadable Excel files.


Annual Comparison

Number of recipients by age group

Age shown is at the end of the period.

Age Group January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
17 years and younger 74 63 66 -14.9% 4.8%
18-24 years 39,976 39,576 38,047 -1.0% -3.9%
25-34 years 16,549 16,509 15,915 -0.2% -3.6%
35-44 years 4,701 4,624 4,428 -1.6% -4.2%
45-54 years 2,683 2,511 2,401 -6.4% -4.4%
55 years and older 1,371 1,447 1,641 5.5% 13.4%
Total number of student allowances recipients 65,354 64,730 62,498 -1.0% -3.4%

Note: Details of “55 and older” are available in the downloadable Excel file.

Number of recipients by gender

Gender January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Female 38,230 38,472 37,550 0.6% -2.4%
Male 27,124 26,258 24,938 -3.2% -5.0%
Gender Diverse - - 10 - -
Total number of student allowances recipients 65,354 64,730 62,498 -1.0% -3.4%

Note: From 2 December 2019, applications include three gender options (male, female and gender diverse) for clients to choose from.


Number of recipients by residential status

Residential status January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Citizen by birth 47,328 46,781 44,755 -1.2% -4.3%
Citizen 9,298 9,259 9,099 -0.4% -1.7%
Permanent resident 8,102 8,054 7,978 -0.6% -0.9%
Other 626 636 666 1.6% 4.7%
Total number of student allowances recipients 65,354 64,730 62,498 -1.0% -3.4%

Note: “Other” includes students who have refugee status, and those classified as protected person/s. Details of “Other” are included in the downloadable Excel file.


Number of recipients by relationship status

Relationship status January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-19
Single 59,040 58,629 56,402 -0.7% -3.8%
Married 3,923 3,784 3,890 -3.5% 2.8%
Defacto 2,353 2,270 2,176 -3.5% -4.1%
Other 38 47 30 23.7% -36.2%
Total number of student allowances recipients 65,354 64,730 62,498 -1.0% -3.4%

Note 1: “Other” includes students who are in a civil union or have unknown marital/relationship status.

Note 2: Students with unknown marital/relationship status refer to clients who have had a change in circumstances, and their marital/relationship status has not been confirmed at the end of the period. These students would not be receiving payments while their marital/relationship status is not confirmed. Details of “Other” are included in the downloadable Excel file.


Number of responses by ethnic group

It is not mandatory for students to disclose their ethnicity and students may report more than one ethnicity.

The numbers presented in this table are total responses — students who reported more than one ethnic group were counted in each group they identified with. The total number of responses, therefore, does not add up to the total number of students who received student allowances recipients.

Ethnic group January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
European 34,172 33,445 31,672 -2.1% -5.3%
Māori 14,118 13,455 12,523 -4.7% -6.9%
Pacific peoples 7,157 6,882 6,639 -3.8% -3.5%
Asian 13,564 13,523 13,435 -0.3% -0.7%
Multiple ethnic groups 682 736 744 7.9% 1.1%
Other ethnic groups 1,888 1,911 1,894 1.2% -0.9%
Unspecified 1,688 2,648 3,292 56.9% 24.3%
Number of total responses 73,269 72,600 70,199 -0.9% -3.3%
Total number of student allowances recipients 65,354 64,730 62,498 -1.0% -3.4%

Note 1: “Multiple ethnic groups” refers to students who self-identified as belonging to three or more ethnic groups (e.g. Māori, Samoan, and European; European, Māori and Asian, etc.).

Note 2: “Other ethnic groups” refers to students belonging to other ethnic groups (e.g. Spanish, Middle Easterners, Latin Americans, etc.).

Note 3: Detailed ethnic groups are listed in the downloadable Excel file.


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