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Student Allowances Jan - Mar (First quarter only)

These figures are cumulative year-to-date figures. Therefore, the Jan - Dec figures are the relevant calendar year figures in the annual statistics table. For the purpose of these tables, a student is defined as a person who received at least one payment from StudyLink in the calendar year, up to the month specified. Percentage figures may not add to exactly 100% because of rounding effects. All percentages are rounded to the nearest percent. Five years of data are presented, earlier figures are included in the downloadable spreadsheets.

Amounts paid out for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit payments

Allowance totals 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Student Allowance 53,885 53,627 51,159 47,382 45,627
Accommodation 37,247 36,287 34,404 32,124 30,441
Total number 53,888 53,629 51,163 47,384 45,629
Total Student Allowance $58,152,487 $58,710,864 $60,828,782 $55,199,157 $70,968,127
Total Accommodation $8,220,497 $8,234,673 $8,779,460 $8,128,233 $8,289,869
Average Student Allowance $1,079 $1,095 $1,189 $1,165 $1,555
Average Accommodation $221 $227 $255 $253 $272

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by types of education provider attended

Where more than one education provider is named, the students are attending all the named education providers during the year.

Education provider type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
COE 1 0%                
Other 530 1% 540 1% 434 1% 412 1% 436 1%
Other/PTE 3 0% 2 0% 1 0% 1 0% 1 0%
Other/Polytech 7 0% 2 0% 4 0%     7 0%
Other/University 13 0% 11 0% 2 0% 2 0% 7 0%
Other/Wananga 4 0% 3 0% 6 0%     1 0%
PTE 7,364 14% 7,220 13% 6,723 13% 5,722 12% 5,408 12%
PTE/University 41 0% 25 0% 27 0% 21 0% 31 0%
PTE/University/Wananga             1 0%    
PTE/Wananga 14 0% 5 0% 9 0% 5 0% 7 0%
Polytech 15,587 29% 15,580 29% 14,918 29% 13,736 29% 13,021 29%
Polytech/PTE 37 0% 39 0% 44 0% 30 0% 39 0%
Polytech/University 43 0% 51 0% 42 0% 36 0% 38 0%
Polytech/Wananga 7 0% 15 0% 7 0% 14 0% 8 0%
University 28,480 53% 28,398 53% 27,290 53% 25,763 54% 25,183 55%
University/Wananga 1 0% 5 0% 3 0% 2 0% 1 0%
Wananga 1,756 3% 1,733 3% 1,653 3% 1,639 3% 1,441 3%
Total 53,888 100% 53,629 100% 51,163 100% 47,384 100% 45,629 100%

Allowances paid out by provider type

Allowance by provider type ($) 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
COE          
Other $873,210 $899,426 $760,564 $750,500 $1,085,011
Other/PTE $11,059 $6,385 $2,543 $2,570 $1,443
Other/Polytech $9,997 $6,587 $6,201   $20,069
Other/University $39,927 $33,854 $4,578 $2,939 $12,820
Other/Wananga $9,094 $8,396 $14,459   $2,233
PTE $11,668,414 $11,478,778 $11,367,994 $9,293,405 $10,884,814
PTE/University $108,020 $52,998 $68,054 $50,463 $98,788
PTE/University/Wananga       $3,052  
PTE/Wananga $32,385 $10,704 $14,522 $9,961 $36,726
Polytech $17,117,590 $17,988,784 $18,901,969 $17,898,676 $22,312,780
Polytech/PTE $96,027 $94,410 $120,481 $84,617 $122,229
Polytech/University $100,990 $126,945 $117,562 $107,217 $123,338
Polytech/Wananga $18,592 $40,553 $8,714 $28,005 $27,929
University $25,735,558 $25,809,151 $27,157,255 $24,641,168 $33,612,047
University/Wananga $1,843 $12,652 $10,173 $7,285 $1,181
Wananga $2,329,781 $2,141,242 $2,273,712 $2,319,299 $2,626,718
Total $58,152,487 $58,710,864 $60,828,782 $55,199,157 $70,968,127

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by type of payment

The actual classifications used for allowance type changed in April 2005, so some allowances were moved to a different category at that time.

Type of allowance 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 12,323 23% 12,975 24% 11,951 23% 10,587 22% 10,317 23%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home (no accommodation benefit) - (3a) 242 0% 215 0% 182 0% 185 0% 188 0%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 18,283 34% 18,295 34% 17,521 34% 16,004 34% 14,915 33%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 2 0%                
24 years old and over at home allowance 2,125 4% 2,160 4% 2,332 5% 2,275 5% 2,417 5%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance (no accommodation benefit) - (5a) 92 0% 81 0% 112 0% 101 0% 114 0%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 12,835 24% 12,114 23% 11,249 22% 10,263 22% 9,724 21%
25 years old and over at home allowance 1 0%                
25 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 2 0%                
Both students but only one eligible for allowance (no accommodation benefit) 2 0% 5 0% 2 0% 5 0% 8 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance + accom 47 0% 44 0% 30 0% 23 0% 25 0%
Couple, both eligible students (no accommodation benefit) 9 0% 14 0% 13 0% 14 0% 16 0%
Couple, both eligible students plus an accommodation benefit 664 1% 544 1% 407 1% 185 0% 165 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner entitled plus an accommodation benefit         35 0% 218 0% 222 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner not entitled, plus an accommodation benefit         4 0% 40 0% 39 0%
Couple, one eligible student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 91 0% 73 0% 40 0% 32 0% 34 0%
Independent circumstances allowance + accommodation 947 2% 1,017 2% 992 2% 792 2% 767 2%
Single student with child allowance         790 2% 890 2% 964 2%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for more than one child         951 2% 1,351 3% 1,506 3%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for one child         1,189 2% 1,472 3% 1,545 3%
Single student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 2,158 4% 2,469 5% 79 0% 1 0%    
Student living at home with earning spouse 976 2% 1,021 2% 791 2% 249 1% 255 1%
Student living at home with earning spouse, with children         116 0% 529 1% 525 1%
Student living at home with earning spouse, with children, partner entitled             4 0% 3 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse (no accommodation benefit) 5 0% 4 0% 6 0% 2 0% 4 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse + accommodation 19 0% 20 0% 19 0% 15 0% 13 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse, with children + accommodation         4 0% 9 0% 7 0%
Student with dependent partner (no accommodation benefit) 25 0% 37 0% 39 0% 37 0% 29 0%
Student with dependent partner plus an accommodation benefit 3,040 6% 2,541 5% 2,157 4% 792 2% 731 2%
Student with dependent partner, with children plus an accommodation benefit         152 0% 1,309 3% 1,096 2%
Total 53,888 100% 53,629 100% 51,163 100% 47,384 100% 45,629 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by age and gender

Age is calculated as at the end of the last quarter of the period.

Student ages 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
17 or less F 419 1% 462 1% 404 1% 377 1% 343 1%
M 267 0% 270 1% 239 0% 211 0% 195 0%
Total 686 1% 732 1% 643 1% 588 1% 538 1%
18 - 19 F 8,930 17% 9,005 17% 8,621 17% 7,737 16% 7,246 16%
M 6,170 11% 6,509 12% 6,023 12% 5,236 11% 4,740 10%
Total 15,100 28% 15,514 29% 14,644 29% 12,973 27% 11,986 26%
20 - 24 F 11,206 21% 11,451 21% 10,930 21% 10,187 21% 10,197 22%
M 8,452 16% 8,454 16% 7,864 15% 7,257 15% 6,699 15%
Total 19,658 36% 19,905 37% 18,794 37% 17,444 37% 16,896 37%
25 - 29 F 3,962 7% 4,020 7% 4,146 8% 4,207 9% 4,355 10%
M 3,975 7% 3,939 7% 3,771 7% 3,549 7% 3,436 8%
Total 7,937 15% 7,959 15% 7,917 15% 7,756 16% 7,791 17%
30 - 34 F 1,606 3% 1,665 3% 1,678 3% 1,762 4% 1,900 4%
M 1,683 3% 1,484 3% 1,396 3% 1,236 3% 1,212 3%
Total 3,289 6% 3,149 6% 3,074 6% 2,998 6% 3,112 7%
35 - 39 F 1,078 2% 1,069 2% 1,105 2% 1,146 2% 1,165 3%
M 958 2% 873 2% 844 2% 717 2% 651 1%
Total 2,036 4% 1,942 4% 1,949 4% 1,863 4% 1,816 4%
40 - 44 F 1,045 2% 900 2% 876 2% 844 2% 767 2%
M 609 1% 502 1% 455 1% 381 1% 355 1%
Total 1,654 3% 1,402 3% 1,331 3% 1,225 3% 1,122 2%
45 - 49 F 912 2% 855 2% 787 2% 746 2% 684 1%
M 507 1% 404 1% 323 1% 280 1% 250 1%
Total 1,419 3% 1,259 2% 1,110 2% 1,026 2% 934 2%
50 - 54 F 690 1% 615 1% 584 1% 509 1% 447 1%
M 400 1% 289 1% 264 1% 211 0% 182 0%
Total 1,090 2% 904 2% 848 2% 720 2% 629 1%
55 - 59 F 355 1% 327 1% 324 1% 284 1% 280 1%
M 227 0% 173 0% 134 0% 123 0% 119 0%
Total 582 1% 500 1% 458 1% 407 1% 399 1%
60 - 64 F 165 0% 178 0% 207 0% 212 0% 220 0%
M 182 0% 177 0% 177 0% 165 0% 171 0%
Total 347 1% 355 1% 384 1% 377 1% 391 1%
65 - 69 F 22 0% 2 0% 4 0% 4 0% 8 0%
M 48 0% 4 0% 7 0% 3 0% 7 0%
Total 70 0% 6 0% 11 0% 7 0% 15 0%
70 - 74 F 5 0% 1 0%            
M 9 0% 1 0%            
Total 14 0% 2 0%            
75 - 79 F 2 0%                
M 4 0%                
Total 6 0%                
Total F 30,397 56% 30,550 57% 29,666 58% 28,015 59% 27,612 61%
M 23,491 44% 23,079 43% 21,497 42% 19,369 41% 18,017 39%
Total 53,888 100% 53,629 100% 51,163 100% 47,384 100% 45,629 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Citizen by birth 37,305 69% 37,731 70% 36,736 72% 34,153 72% 32,982 72%
Citizen 8,339 15% 8,173 15% 7,585 15% 6,938 15% 6,641 15%
Permanent resident 7,809 14% 7,291 14% 6,418 13% 5,873 12% 5,556 12%
Protected person 1 0% 7 0% 6 0% 8 0% 4 0%
Refugee 434 1% 427 1% 418 1% 412 1% 446 1%
Total 53,888 100% 53,629 100% 51,163 100% 47,384 100% 45,629 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by marital status

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

Marital status 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Civil union 39 0% 28 0% 23 0% 25 0% 23 0%
Defacto 1,809 3% 1,846 3% 1,710 3% 1,446 3% 1,445 3%
Married 3,801 7% 3,191 6% 2,792 5% 2,616 6% 2,337 5%
Single 48,239 90% 48,562 91% 46,637 91% 43,295 91% 41,823 92%
Unknown     2 0% 1 0% 2 0% 1 0%
Total 53,888 100% 53,629 100% 51,163 100% 47,384 100% 45,629 100%

Summary of Student Allowance recipients by ethnic group

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

Ethnic groups 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
European 24,798 46% 23,661 44% 22,526 44% 20,712 44% 19,536 43%
Maori 5,505 10% 5,792 11% 5,558 11% 4,984 11% 4,699 10%
Pacific peoples 3,829 7% 4,072 8% 3,772 7% 3,263 7% 2,986 7%
Asian 10,375 19% 10,487 20% 9,788 19% 9,345 20% 8,856 19%
Other 1,659 3% 1,688 3% 1,532 3% 1,373 3% 1,369 3%
European and Maori 3,721 7% 3,798 7% 3,859 8% 3,625 8% 3,531 8%
European and Pacific 751 1% 795 1% 786 2% 731 2% 709 2%
Maori and Pacific 423 1% 465 1% 481 1% 445 1% 418 1%
European and Asian 672 1% 714 1% 661 1% 676 1% 685 2%
Maori and Asian 42 0% 48 0% 45 0% 55 0% 49 0%
Pacific and Asian 136 0% 137 0% 125 0% 122 0% 110 0%
European and Other 397 1% 326 1% 291 1% 291 1% 296 1%
Maori and Other 32 0% 37 0% 42 0% 31 0% 31 0%
Pacific and Other 19 0% 22 0% 17 0% 12 0% 19 0%
Asian and Other 155 0% 171 0% 129 0% 127 0% 119 0%
3 ethnic groups 425 1% 483 1% 512 1% 448 1% 502 1%
4 ethnic groups 12 0% 11 0% 8 0% 10 0% 15 0%
All 5 ethnic groups     3 0% 3 0% 3 0% 1 0%
Unspecified 937 2% 919 2% 1,028 2% 1,131 2% 1,698 4%
Total 53,888 100% 53,629 100% 51,163 100% 47,384 100% 45,629 100%
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