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Student Allowances January - June 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.

Students demographics

The following tables provide a summary profile of students who received Student Allowance from 1 January to 30 June 2019. Detailed data series are available in downloadable Excel files.


Annual Comparison

Student Allowance recipients by age group

Age is calculated as at the end of the period.

Age group 1 January to 30 June Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
17 and younger 125 141 114 12.8% -19.1%
18–24 35,865 35,222 34,000 -1.8% -3.5%
25–34 12,453 12,558 12,270 0.8% -2.3%
35–44 3,606 3,508 3,417 -2.7% -2.6%
45–64 3,051 2,942 3,035 -3.6% 3.2%
65 and older 26 26 43 0.0% 65.4%
Total 55,126 54,397 52,879 -1.3% -2.8%

Note 1: Details of “55 and older” are available in the downloadable Excel file.

Student Allowance recipients by gender

Gender 1 January to 30 June Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Female 32,378 32,539 31,989 0.5% -1.7%
Male 22,748 21,858 20,890 -3.9% -4.4%
Total 55,126 54,397 52,879 -1.3% -2.8%

Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 1 January to 30 June Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Citizen by birth 39,849 39,310 37,901 -1.4% -3.6%
Citizen 7,968 7,919 7,845 -0.6% -0.9%
Permanent resident 6,809 6,653 6,587 -2.3% -1.0%
Other 500 515 546 3.0% 6.0%
Total 55,126 54,397 52,879 -1.3% -2.8%

Note 1: “Other” includes students who have refugee status, and those classified as protected person/s. Details of “Other” are included in the downloadable Excel file.

Student Allowance recipients by relationship status

Relationship status 1 January to 30 June Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Single 50,243 49,730 48,120 -1.0% -3.2%
Married 3,069 2,861 2,981 -6.8% 4.2%
Defacto 1,782 1,771 1,747 -0.6% -1.4%
Other 32 35 31 9.4% -11.4%
Total 55,126 54,397 52,879 -1.3% -2.8%

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.

Student Allowance recipients 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 response – 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 Student Allowance recipients.

Ethnic groups (total response) 1 January to 30 June Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
European 29,256 28,463 27,169 -2.7% -4.5%
Asian 11,825 11,678 11,602 -1.2% -0.7%
Māori 11,202 10,782 10,144 -3.7% -5.9%
Pasifika 5,882 5,575 5,433 -5.2% -2.5%
Other ethnic groups 2,150 2,247 2,194 4.5% -2.4%
Unspecified 1,388 2,175 2,801 56.7% 28.8%
Total number of recipients 55,126 54,397 52,879 -1.3% -2.8%

Note 1: “Other” ethnic groups refer to students identified as belonging to other ethnic groups (e.g. Middle Easterners, Latin Americans, etc.), as well as students belonging to three or more ethnic groups.

Note 2: Detailed ethnic groups are listed in the downloadable Excel file.


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