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Student Loans 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.


Education Providers

There were 81,013 Student Loan (SL) borrowers enrolled in universities from January to March 2020. This was 1,679 fewer students (down 2.0 percent) compared with the same period last year.

The proportion of borrowers who were enrolled in universities continues to increase, up by 1.5 percentage points when compared with the same period last year.

Distribution of SL borrowers by types of education providers

Note: The percentage point difference was computed using actual data.


Annual Comparisons

Number of Student Loan borrowers by types of education providers attended

Types of providers January to March Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018-19 2019-20
University 83,860 82,692 81,013 -1.4% -2.0%
Polytechnic 28,130 25,684 23,477 -8.7% -8.6%
Private training establishment (PTE) 10,358 9,543 8,793 -7.9% -7.9%
Wānanga 1,814 1,762 1,561 -2.9% -11.4%
Multiple, and Other providers 705 588 488 -16.6% -17.0%
Total number of Student Loan borrowers 124,867 120,269 115,332 -3.7% -4.1%

Note: "Multiple, and Other providers" includes combination/s of providers (e.g. university and polytechnic, PTE and university) that some students attended during the specified reporting period. "Other" types of providers are listed in the downloadable Excel file.


Student Loan course fees borrowing by type of education providers

Types of providers January to March Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018-19 2019-20
University $465,782,016 $484,795,821 $482,363,527 4.1% -0.5%
Polytechnic $114,586,858 $116,043,235 $107,114,574 1.3% -7.7%
Private training establishment (PTE) $47,824,014 $45,779,127 $44,449,345 -4.3% -2.9%
Wānanga $4,241,629 $3,937,719 $3,653,434 -7.2% -7.2%
Multiple, and Other providers $4,073,866 $3,650,687 $3,311,059 -10.4% -9.3%
Total amount borrowed for course fees $636,508,383 $654,206,591 $640,891,940 2.8% -2.0%

Note 1: "Multiple, and Other providers" includes combination/s of providers (e.g. university and polytechnic, PTE and university) that some students attended during the specified reporting period. "Other" types of providers are listed in the downloadable Excel file.

Note 2: Amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar.