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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.


Demographics of Student Allowance Recipients

Most of the students who received student allowances from January to March 2020 were —

… aged 18 to 24 years (62.7 percent).

Distribution of recipients by age

female (61.2 percent).

Distribution of recipients by gender

citizens by birth (71.6 percent).

Distribution of recipients by residential status

… single (91.4 percent).

Distribution of recipients by relationship status

… self-identified as European (53.8 percent).

Distribution of recipients by ethnic group

Annual Comparisons

Number of recipients by age group

Age is calculated as at the end of the period.

Age group January to March Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018-19 2019-20
17 years and younger 538 401 407 -25.5% 1.5%
18-24 years 28,882 27,270 25,641 -5.6% -6.0%
25-34 years 10,903 10,604 9,959 -2.7% -6.1%
35-44 years 2,938 2,819 2,675 -4.1% -5.1%
45-54 years 1,563 1,510 1,369 -3.4% -9.3%
55 years and older 805 917 839 13.9% -8.5%
Total number of recipients 45,629 43,521 40,890 -4.6% -6.0%

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

Number of recipients by gender

Gender January to March Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018-19 2019-20
Female 27,612 26,718 25,005 -3.2% -6.4%
Male 18,017 16,803 15,829 -6.7% -5.8%
Gender Diverse 0 0 56 - -
Total number of recipients 45,629 43,521 40,890 -4.6% -6.0%

Note: From 2 December 2019, forms and online applications include three gender options – Female, Male and Gender Diverse.


Number of recipients by residential status

Residential status January to March Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018-19 2019-20
Citizen by birth 32,982 31,411 29,272 -4.8% -6.8%
Citizen 6,641 6,391 6,147 -3.8% -3.8%
Permanent resident 5,556 5,285 5,027 -4.9% -4.9%
Other 450 434 444 -3.6% 2.3%
Total number of recipients 45,629 43,521 40,890 -4.6% -6.0%

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 March Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018-19 2019-20
Single 41,823 39,748 37,389 -5.0% -5.9%
Married 2,337 2,327 2,196 -0.4% -5.6%
Defacto 1,445 1,420 1,284 -1.7% -9.6%
Other 24 26 21 8.3% -19.2%
Total number of recipients 45,629 43,521 40,890 -4.6% -6.0%

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

Note 2: Students with unknown relationship status refer to clients who have had a change in circumstances, and their relationship status had not been confirmed by the end of the reporting period. These students would not be receiving payments while their 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.

Ethnic group (total response) January to March Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018-19 2019-20
European 25,259 23,872 21,997 -5.5% -7.9%
Māori 9,171 8,699 7,864 -5.1% -9.6%
Asian 9,979 9,532 9,156 -4.5% -3.9%
Pacific peoples 4,629 4,346 3,875 -6.1% -10.8%
Other 1,911 1,842 1,831 -3.6% -0.6%
Not declared 1,698 2,161 2,606 27.3% 20.6%
Total responses 52,647 50,452 47,329 -4.2% -6.2%
Total number of recipients 45,629 43,521 40,890 -4.6% -6.0%