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Student Allowances January - March 2019

The data in this report are cumulative year-to-date figures. Therefore, the January to December figures are the relevant calendar year figures in the annual statistics tables. For the purpose of 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. Percentage figures may not add to exactly 100 percent because of rounding effects. All percentages are computed using actual data and rounded to the nearest one decimal point. Three years of data and annual comparisons are presented in summary tables, earlier figures are included in the downloadable spreadsheets.


Demographics of Student Allowance recipients

Most of the students, who received Student Allowance from 1 January to 31 March, 2019 were —

between the ages 18 to 24 years old (62.7 percent).

Student Allowance recipients by age

… female (61.4 percent).

Student Allowance by gender

… New Zealand citizens by birth (72.2 percent).

Student Allowance recipients by residential status

… single (91.3 percent).

Student Allowance by relationship status

European, or of European descent (53.8 percent).

Student Allowance by ethnic group

Annual Comparison

Number of Student Allowance recipients by age group

Age is calculated as at the end of the period.

Age group 1 January to 31 March Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
17 and younger 588 538 401 -8.5% -25.5%
18–24 30,417 28,882 27,270 -5.0% -5.6%
25–34 10,754 10,903 10,604 1.4% -2.7%
35–44 3,088 2,938 2,819 -4.9% -4.1%
45–64 2,530 2,353 2,413 -7.0% 2.5%
65 and older 7 15 14 114.3% -6.7%
Total 47,384 45,629 43,521 -3.7% -4.6%

Number of Student Allowance recipients by gender

Student gender 1 January to 31 March Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Female 28,015 27,612 26,718 -1.4% -3.2%
Male 19,369 18,017 16,803 -7.0% -6.7%
Total 47,384 45,629 43,521 -3.7% -4.6%

Number of Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 1 January to 31 March Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Citizen by birth 34,153 32,982 31,411 -3.4% -4.8%
Citizen 6,938 6,641 6,391 -4.3% -3.8%
Permanent resident 5,873 5,556 5,285 -5.4% -4.9%
Other 420 450 434 7.1% -3.6%
Total 47,384 45,629 43,521 -3.7% -4.6%

Note 1: Other includes students who are under protected person and refugee status.

Number of Student Allowance recipients by relationship status

Students with unknown relationship status are those who have had a change in circumstances and their relationship status is not confirmed at the end of the period. These students would not be receiving payments while their marital status is not confirmed.

Relationship status 1 January to 31 March Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Single 43,295 41,823 39,748 -3.4% -5.0%
Married 2,616 2,337 2,327 -10.7% -0.4%
Defacto 1,446 1,445 1,420 -0.1% -1.7%
Other 27 24 26 -11.1% 8.3%
Total 47,384 45,629 43,521 -3.7% -4.6%

Note 1: Other includes students who are in civil union and unknown relationship status.

Number of Student Allowance recipients by ethnic group

Ethnic groups 1 January to 31 March Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
European 26,035 24,757 23,400 -4.9% -5.5%
Māori 9,140 8,728 8,291 -4.5% -5.0%
Asian 10,325 9,819 9,364 -4.9% -4.6%
Pasifika 4,573 4,242 3,986 -7.2% -6.0%
Other ethnic groups 1,834 1,887 1,788 2.9% -5.2%
Unspecified 1,131 1,698 2,161 50.1% 27.3%
Total number of recipients 47,384 45,629 43,521 -3.7% -4.6%

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


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