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Student Allowances Jan - Jun (First and second quarters)

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 66,343 62,696 59,970 55,124 54,395
Accommodation 45,262 42,163 40,125 37,117 35,722
Total number 66,346 62,697 59,972 55,126 54,397
Total Student Allowance $210,023,438 $198,598,235 $198,612,503 $184,822,297 $234,247,809
Total Accommodation $29,573,677 $27,858,120 $28,563,418 $27,084,350 $34,333,035
Average Student Allowance $3,166 $3,168 $3,312 $3,353 $4,306
Average Accommodation $653 $661 $712 $730 $961

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/Wananga 1 0%                
Other 843 1% 804 1% 636 1% 584 1% 623 1%
Other/PTE 7 0% 4 0% 5 0% 3 0% 3 0%
Other/Polytech 9 0% 4 0% 9 0% 2 0% 8 0%
Other/University 18 0% 15 0% 3 0% 2 0% 9 0%
Other/Wananga 4 0% 5 0% 9 0% 2 0% 1 0%
PTE 9,890 15% 9,347 15% 8,607 14% 7,325 13% 7,008 13%
PTE/University 58 0% 37 0% 34 0% 32 0% 40 0%
PTE/University/Wananga             1 0%    
PTE/Wananga 23 0% 19 0% 22 0% 10 0% 15 0%
Polytech 18,894 28% 18,030 29% 17,549 29% 15,990 29% 15,451 28%
Polytech/PTE 66 0% 65 0% 80 0% 52 0% 68 0%
Polytech/PTE/Wananga                 1 0%
Polytech/University 57 0% 62 0% 58 0% 49 0% 49 0%
Polytech/Wananga 10 0% 22 0% 12 0% 27 0% 17 0%
University 33,714 51% 31,736 51% 30,565 51% 28,776 52% 29,071 53%
University/Wananga 1 0% 6 0% 4 0% 3 0% 2 0%
Wananga 2,751 4% 2,541 4% 2,379 4% 2,268 4% 2,031 4%
Total 66,346 100% 62,697 100% 59,972 100% 55,126 100% 54,397 100%

Allowances paid by type of provider

Allowance by provider type ($) 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
COE/Wananga $2,899        
Other $3,116,478 $3,014,011 $2,484,956 $2,455,465 $3,596,936
Other/PTE $33,223 $18,263 $20,648 $12,155 $16,165
Other/Polytech $41,403 $18,399 $35,560 $7,092 $59,116
Other/University $94,691 $85,109 $12,482 $8,082 $41,508
Other/Wananga $24,893 $41,114 $69,662 $16,407 $12,752
PTE $31,800,363 $30,020,038 $28,946,690 $24,804,312 $29,662,903
PTE/University $285,513 $151,051 $161,558 $140,881 $227,313
PTE/University/Wananga       $6,138  
PTE/Wananga $123,044 $96,425 $95,334 $60,869 $124,396
Polytech $63,355,979 $61,053,288 $63,040,679 $59,563,502 $73,123,384
Polytech/PTE $314,256 $317,749 $425,175 $240,600 $422,845
Polytech/PTE/Wananga         $13,448
Polytech/University $283,369 $297,330 $308,468 $246,536 $312,043
Polytech/Wananga $52,593 $121,938 $43,668 $165,359 $128,596
University $99,356,226 $93,309,824 $92,941,895 $87,297,216 $115,315,596
University/Wananga $3,865 $29,640 $28,116 $20,186 $8,682
Wananga $11,134,642 $10,024,056 $9,997,613 $9,777,497 $11,182,125
Total $210,023,438 $198,598,235 $198,612,503 $184,822,297 $234,247,809

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 16,174 24% 15,669 25% 14,398 24% 12,810 23% 13,162 24%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home (no accommodation benefit) - (3a) 303 0% 245 0% 225 0% 224 0% 261 0%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 22,462 34% 21,035 34% 20,197 34% 18,250 33% 17,511 32%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 2 0%                
24 years old and over at home allowance 2,495 4% 2,487 4% 2,656 4% 2,561 5% 2,744 5%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance (no accommodation benefit) - (5a) 106 0% 110 0% 127 0% 118 0% 131 0%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 14,951 23% 13,825 22% 12,916 22% 11,675 21% 11,118 20%
25 years old and over at home allowance 1 0%                
25 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation             1 0%    
Both students but only one eligible for allowance (no accommodation benefit) 4 0% 4 0% 5 0% 7 0% 7 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance + accom 46 0% 57 0% 27 0% 26 0% 27 0%
Couple, both eligible students (no accommodation benefit) 9 0% 14 0% 15 0% 17 0% 18 0%
Couple, both eligible students plus an accommodation benefit 778 1% 600 1% 262 0% 217 0% 197 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner entitled plus an accommodation benefit         225 0% 244 0% 262 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner not entitled, plus an accommodation benefit         42 0% 41 0% 43 0%
Couple, one eligible student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 97 0% 75 0% 45 0% 39 0% 34 0%
Independent circumstances allowance + accommodation 1,238 2% 1,275 2% 1,214 2% 989 2% 955 2%
Single student with child allowance         993 2% 1,060 2% 1,150 2%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for more than one child         1,177 2% 1,620 3% 1,708 3%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for one child         1,402 2% 1,723 3% 1,729 3%
Single student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 2,682 4% 2,919 5% 65 0% 2 0% 1 0%
Student living at home with earning spouse 1,221 2% 1,220 2% 489 1% 331 1% 311 1%
Student living at home with earning spouse, with children         631 1% 633 1% 657 1%
Student living at home with earning spouse, with children, partner entitled             2 0% 4 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse (no accommodation benefit) 5 0% 5 0% 7 0% 3 0% 3 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse + accommodation 28 0% 27 0% 13 0% 16 0% 20 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse, with children + accommodation         18 0% 18 0% 12 0%
Student with dependent partner (no accommodation benefit) 38 0% 38 0% 45 0% 38 0% 33 0%
Student with dependent partner plus an accommodation benefit 3,706 6% 3,092 5% 1,246 2% 924 2% 913 2%
Student with dependent partner, with children plus an accommodation benefit         1,532 3% 1,537 3% 1,386 3%
Total 66,346 100% 62,697 100% 59,972 100% 55,126 100% 54,397 100%

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 117 0% 106 0% 108 0% 80 0% 90 0%
M 77 0% 70 0% 43 0% 45 0% 51 0%
Total 194 0% 176 0% 151 0% 125 0% 141 0%
18 - 19 F 10,606 16% 10,067 16% 9,565 16% 8,487 15% 8,506 16%
M 7,796 12% 7,462 12% 6,936 12% 5,996 11% 5,811 11%
Total 18,402 28% 17,529 28% 16,501 28% 14,483 26% 14,317 26%
20 - 24 F 14,484 22% 13,908 22% 13,311 22% 12,459 23% 12,410 23%
M 11,232 17% 10,521 17% 9,874 16% 8,923 16% 8,495 16%
Total 25,716 39% 24,429 39% 23,185 39% 21,382 39% 20,905 38%
25 - 29 F 4,690 7% 4,663 7% 4,845 8% 4,887 9% 4,993 9%
M 4,733 7% 4,603 7% 4,344 7% 4,087 7% 3,922 7%
Total 9,423 14% 9,266 15% 9,189 15% 8,974 16% 8,915 16%
30 - 34 F 1,892 3% 1,944 3% 1,970 3% 2,038 4% 2,205 4%
M 1,989 3% 1,730 3% 1,616 3% 1,441 3% 1,438 3%
Total 3,881 6% 3,674 6% 3,586 6% 3,479 6% 3,643 7%
35 - 39 F 1,258 2% 1,234 2% 1,332 2% 1,351 2% 1,389 3%
M 1,144 2% 998 2% 995 2% 835 2% 753 1%
Total 2,402 4% 2,232 4% 2,327 4% 2,186 4% 2,142 4%
40 - 44 F 1,251 2% 1,077 2% 1,066 2% 962 2% 902 2%
M 755 1% 622 1% 553 1% 458 1% 464 1%
Total 2,006 3% 1,699 3% 1,619 3% 1,420 3% 1,366 3%
45 - 49 F 1,093 2% 991 2% 963 2% 871 2% 843 2%
M 629 1% 479 1% 386 1% 343 1% 306 1%
Total 1,722 3% 1,470 2% 1,349 2% 1,214 2% 1,149 2%
50 - 54 F 857 1% 760 1% 692 1% 626 1% 555 1%
M 500 1% 367 1% 320 1% 256 0% 214 0%
Total 1,357 2% 1,127 2% 1,012 2% 882 2% 769 1%
55 - 59 F 434 1% 410 1% 399 1% 353 1% 349 1%
M 279 0% 220 0% 177 0% 157 0% 162 0%
Total 713 1% 630 1% 576 1% 510 1% 511 1%
60 - 64 F 212 0% 232 0% 252 0% 252 0% 283 1%
M 209 0% 218 0% 204 0% 193 0% 230 0%
Total 421 1% 450 1% 456 1% 445 1% 513 1%
65 - 69 F 27 0% 5 0% 10 0% 12 0% 14 0%
M 58 0% 8 0% 11 0% 14 0% 12 0%
Total 85 0% 13 0% 21 0% 26 0% 26 0%
70 - 74 F 5 0% 1 0%            
M 12 0% 1 0%            
Total 17 0% 2 0%            
75 - 79 F 2 0%                
M 5 0%                
Total 7 0%                
Total F 36,928 56% 35,398 56% 34,513 58% 32,378 59% 32,539 60%
M 29,418 44% 27,299 44% 25,459 42% 22,748 41% 21,858 40%
Total 66,346 100% 62,697 100% 59,972 100% 55,126 100% 54,397 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Citizen by birth 46,083 69% 44,227 71% 43,251 72% 39,849 72% 39,310 72%
Citizen 10,208 15% 9,474 15% 8,717 15% 7,968 14% 7,919 15%
Permanent resident 9,542 14% 8,502 14% 7,501 13% 6,809 12% 6,653 12%
Protected person 4 0% 7 0% 9 0% 8 0% 5 0%
Refugee 509 1% 487 1% 494 1% 492 1% 510 1%
Total 66,346 100% 62,697 100% 59,972 100% 55,126 100% 54,397 100%

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 49 0% 35 0% 29 0% 29 0% 35 0%
Defacto 2,224 3% 2,196 4% 2,062 3% 1,782 3% 1,771 3%
Married 4,596 7% 3,793 6% 3,351 6% 3,069 6% 2,861 5%
Single 59,475 90% 56,669 90% 54,528 91% 50,243 91% 49,730 91%
Unknown 2 0% 4 0% 2 0% 3 0%    
Total 66,346 100% 62,697 100% 59,972 100% 55,126 100% 54,397 100%

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 29,307 44% 26,637 42% 25,396 42% 23,128 42% 22,351 41%
Maori 7,470 11% 7,415 12% 7,111 12% 6,376 12% 5,993 11%
Pacific peoples 5,186 8% 5,219 8% 4,923 8% 4,283 8% 4,027 7%
Asian 12,872 19% 12,100 19% 11,312 19% 10,683 19% 10,544 19%
Other 1,967 3% 1,950 3% 1,776 3% 1,598 3% 1,630 3%
European and Maori 4,495 7% 4,377 7% 4,416 7% 4,160 8% 4,140 8%
European and Pacific 948 1% 958 2% 937 2% 865 2% 837 2%
Maori and Pacific 596 1% 613 1% 622 1% 562 1% 551 1%
European and Asian 775 1% 804 1% 754 1% 777 1% 794 1%
Maori and Asian 50 0% 59 0% 54 0% 62 0% 63 0%
Pacific and Asian 172 0% 158 0% 149 0% 151 0% 138 0%
European and Other 459 1% 367 1% 331 1% 326 1% 341 1%
Maori and Other 49 0% 52 0% 51 0% 42 0% 35 0%
Pacific and Other 22 0% 26 0% 25 0% 21 0% 22 0%
Asian and Other 197 0% 191 0% 161 0% 152 0% 139 0%
3 ethnic groups 541 1% 566 1% 608 1% 535 1% 595 1%
4 ethnic groups 17 0% 18 0% 11 0% 14 0% 21 0%
All 5 ethnic groups     3 0% 3 0% 3 0% 1 0%
Unspecified 1,223 2% 1,184 2% 1,332 2% 1,388 3% 2,175 4%
Total 66,346 100% 62,697 100% 59,972 100% 55,126 100% 54,397 100%
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