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Student Loans January - December 2019

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 calendar year-to-date figures. All percentages are rounded to 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 the following summary tables. Earlier figures are included in the downloadable spreadsheets.


Education providers

Over the 2019 calendar year, there were 92,268 Student Loan (SL) borrowers enrolled in universities only, a slight decrease of 1.1 percent compared with last year.

The proportion of student borrowers who were enrolled in universities was more than half (62.4 percent) of the total number of students who were Student Loan borrowers. This was slightly higher compared with 2018 (60.8 percent).

Fig 2 SL types of providers

Number of Student Loan borrowers by types of education providers attended

Types of education providers January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-18 2018-19
University 100,176 94,073 93,084 -6.1% -1.1%
Polytechnic 44,241 38,924 35,643 -12.0% -8.4%
Private training establishment (PTE) 19,789 16,430 15,547 -17.0% -5.4%
Wānanga 3,386 2,974 2,905 -12.2% -2.3%
Multiple and other providers 2,445 2,207 2,050 -9.7% -7.1%
Total number of Student Loan borrowers 170,037 154,608 149,229 -9.1% -3.5%

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 education providers January to December Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-18 2018-19
University $680,923,561 $578,370,142 $602,203,150 -15.1% 4.1%
Polytechnic $203,574,835 $158,396,617 $157,466,016 -22.2% -0.6%
Private training establishment (PTE) $128,019,099 $85,960,909 $85,137,352 -32.9% -1.0%
Wānanga $7,499,689 $6,319,744 $5,978,707 -15.7% -5.4%
Multiple and other providers $19,300,297 $16,041,981 $15,348,539 -16.9% -4.3%
Total amount borrowed $1,039,317,481 $845,089,395 $866,133,764 -18.7% 2.5%

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.


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