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Student Allowances January - September 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 up 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 the downloadable spreadsheets.

Students demographics

The following tables provide a summary profile of students who received Student Allowance and Accomodation Benefit from 1 January to 30 September, in the last three years. Detailed data series are available in the downloadable Excel files.


Annual Comparison

Number of recipients by age group

Age is calculated as at the end of the period.

Age group 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
17 and younger 113 108 97 -4.4% -10.2%
18–24 39,690 39,121 37,622 -1.4% -3.8%
25–34 15,319 15,370 14,880 0.3% -3.2%
35–44 4,446 4,325 4,187 -2.7% -3.2%
45–54 2,547 2,370 2,273 -6.9% -4.1%
55 and older 1,252 1,341 1,543 7.1% 15.1%
Total number of Student Allowances recipients 63,367 62,635 60,602 -1.2% -3.2%

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

Number of recipients by gender

Gender 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Female 37,139 37,288 36,473 0.4% -2.2%
Male 26,228 25,347 24,129 -3.4% -4.8%
Total number of Student Allowances recipients 63,367 62,635 60,602 -1.2% -3.2%

Number of recipients by residential status

Residential status 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Citizen by birth 45,838 45,222 43,393 -1.3 -4.0%
Citizen 9,011 8,967 8,815 -0.5% -1.7%
Permanent resident 7,912 7,827 7,739 -1.1% -1.1%
Other 606 619 655 2.1% 5.8%
Total number of Student Allowances recipients 63,367 62,635 60,602 -1.2% -3.2%

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 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Single 57,341 56,852 54,792 -0.9% -3.6%
Married 3,731 3,567 3,670 -4.4% 2.9%
Defacto 2,256 2,171 2,109 -3.8% -2.9%
Other 39 45 31 15.4% -31.1%
Total number of Student Allowances recipients 63,367 62,635 60,602 -1.2% -3.2%

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 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 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
European 33,236 32,383 30,706 -2.6% -5.2%
Asian 13,251 13,140 13,035 -0.8% -0.8%
Māori 13,421 12,795 12,019 -4.7% -6.1%
Pacific peoples 6,868 6,574 6,363 -4.3% -3.2%
Multiple ethnic groups 647 705 703 9.0% -0.3%
Other ethnic groups 1,832 1,862 1,829 1.6% -1.8%
Unspecified 1,699 2,689 3,345 58.3% 24.4%
Total number of responses 70,954 70,148 68,8000 -1.1% -3.1%
Total number of Student Allowances recipients 63,367 62,635 60,602 -1.2% -3.2%

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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