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Student Loans 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.


Education providers

From 1 January to 30 September 2019, there were 92,268 Student Loan (SL) borrowers enrolled in universities only, a slight decrease of one percent compared with the same period last year.

The proportion of SL borrowers who were enrolled in universities was 63.2 percent. On a year-on-year comparison, this was the highest proportion of borrowers since September 2009.

SL types of providers

Number of Student Loan borrowers by types of education providers attended

Types of education providers 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-18 2018-19
University 99,589 93,169 92,268 -6.4% -1.0%
Polytechnic 43,161 37,936 34,572 -12.1% -8.9%
Private training establishment (PTE) 18,574 15,481 14,651 -16.7% -5.4%
Wānanga 3,266 2,840 2,824 -13.0% -0.6%
Multiple and other providers 2,034 1,779 1,645 -12.5% -7.5%
Total number of student loan borrowers 166,624 151,205 145,960 -9.3% -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.


Amount borrowered for Student Loans – Fees component, by types of education providers

Types of education providers 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-18 2018-19
University $652,426,329 $546,773,387 $564,884,916 -16.2% 3.3%
Polytechnic $197,790,869 $153,292,225 $152,072,956 -22.5% -0.8%
Private training establishment (PTE) $117,305,346 $79,141,498 $77,756,547 -32.5% -1.7%
Wānanga $7,289,645 $6,034,131 $5,815,825 -17.2% -3.6%
Multiple and other providers $14,934,252 $11,770,550 $11,415,780 -21.2% -3.0%
Total number of student loan borrowers $989,746,441 $797,011,792 $811,946,024 -19.5% 1.9%

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, and "Other" types of providers as listed in the detailed Excel file.

Note 2: Amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar.


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