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Student Allowances Jan - Sep (First, second and third 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.

Number of recipients and amounts paid out for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit

Allowance totals 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Student Allowance 76,789 72,415 68,887 63,365 62,633
Accommodation 52,741 49,147 46,556 42,901 41,405
Total number 76,791 72,416 68,888 63,367 62,635
Total Student Allowance $364,091,393 $341,530,641 $334,607,379 $312,815,875 $398,886,860
Total Accommodation $51,293,522 $48,028,379 $48,397,110 $45,914,301 $60,997,221
Average Student Allowance $4,741 $4,716 $4,857 $4,937 $6,369
Average Accommodation $973 $977 $1,040 $1,070 $1,473

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 1,100 1% 1,037 1% 805 1% 769 1% 788 1%
Other/PTE 12 0% 19 0% 7 0% 7 0% 4 0%
Other/Polytech 31 0% 15 0% 19 0% 9 0% 22 0%
Other/University 31 0% 16 0% 6 0% 3 0% 14 0%
Other/Wananga 10 0% 19 0% 19 0% 9 0% 14 0%
PTE 12,046 16% 11,267 16% 10,269 15% 8,925 14% 8,528 14%
PTE/University 173 0% 134 0% 129 0% 114 0% 103 0%
PTE/University/Wananga             1 0% 1 0%
PTE/Wananga 67 0% 56 0% 55 0% 40 0% 43 0%
Polytech 23,108 30% 22,142 31% 21,332 31% 19,272 30% 18,740 30%
Polytech/PTE 243 0% 228 0% 240 0% 178 0% 216 0%
Polytech/PTE/University     1 0% 1 0%     1 0%
Polytech/PTE/Wananga             2 0% 1 0%
Polytech/University 245 0% 234 0% 221 0% 167 0% 139 0%
Polytech/Wananga 86 0% 64 0% 54 0% 68 0% 58 0%
University 36,405 47% 34,116 47% 32,911 48% 31,137 49% 31,523 50%
University/Wananga 13 0% 19 0% 9 0% 10 0% 6 0%
Wananga 3,220 4% 3,049 4% 2,811 4% 2,656 4% 2,434 4%
Total 76,791 100% 72,416 100% 68,888 100% 63,367 100% 62,635 100%

Allowances paid out by provider type

Allowance by provider type ($) 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
COE/Wananga $5,621        
Other $5,753,040 $5,370,409 $4,446,592 $4,495,279 $6,382,483
Other/PTE $82,189 $111,657 $44,207 $33,574 $29,191
Other/Polytech $169,845 $83,636 $106,579 $43,874 $193,616
Other/University $212,783 $127,730 $37,993 $15,899 $105,333
Other/Wananga $99,565 $207,180 $198,508 $102,582 $184,089
PTE $51,504,694 $48,324,653 $45,501,352 $39,756,686 $48,336,286
PTE/University $1,046,966 $748,035 $751,592 $647,177 $689,757
PTE/University/Wananga       $8,512 $8,967
PTE/Wananga $544,797 $464,855 $386,677 $328,618 $507,051
Polytech $108,511,967 $104,024,214 $105,428,524 $99,087,748 $122,569,218
Polytech/PTE $1,567,340 $1,367,428 $1,507,204 $1,144,221 $1,719,537
Polytech/PTE/University   $5,862 $6,652   $10,148
Polytech/PTE/Wananga       $16,804 $16,686
Polytech/University $1,450,929 $1,349,201 $1,324,712 $980,879 $1,121,600
Polytech/Wananga $679,308 $477,423 $361,087 $609,885 $531,673
University $172,901,121 $160,931,052 $157,241,451 $148,803,101 $197,039,554
University/Wananga $90,001 $108,604 $90,039 $69,705 $40,676
Wananga $19,471,227 $17,828,702 $17,174,210 $16,671,333 $19,400,995
Total $364,091,393 $341,530,641 $334,607,379 $312,815,875 $398,886,860

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by type of payment

The actual classifications used for allowance type changed in 2005, and again in 2008, so some allowances were moved to a different category at those times.

Type of allowance 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 18,378 24% 17,355 24% 15,861 23% 14,215 22% 14,650 23%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home (no accommodation benefit) - (3a) 211 0% 282 0% 243 0% 263 0% 285 0%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 24,951 32% 23,057 32% 22,112 32% 19,918 31% 19,212 31%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 3 0%     1 0%        
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 2 0%                
24 years old and over at home allowance 3,046 4% 3,075 4% 3,241 5% 3,146 5% 3,349 5%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance (no accommodation benefit) - (5a) 125 0% 151 0% 156 0% 148 0% 153 0%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 18,122 24% 16,829 23% 15,556 23% 14,104 22% 13,558 22%
25 years old and over at home allowance 1 0%         1 0%    
25 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation             1 0% 1 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance (no accommodation benefit) 4 0% 5 0% 7 0% 8 0% 6 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance + accom 63 0% 72 0% 33 0% 40 0% 35 0%
Couple, both eligible students (no accommodation benefit) 15 0% 17 0% 15 0% 18 0% 22 0%
Couple, both eligible students plus an accommodation benefit 918 1% 785 1% 293 0% 254 0% 227 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner entitled plus an accommodation benefit         290 0% 324 1% 303 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner not entitled, plus an accommodation benefit         72 0% 59 0% 45 0%
Couple, one eligible student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 127 0% 110 0% 57 0% 52 0% 41 0%
Independent circumstances allowance + accommodation 1,475 2% 1,515 2% 1,448 2% 1,201 2% 1,123 2%
One student with dependent spouse allowance + accommodation 1 0%                
One student with dependent spouse and 1 or more children + accommodation             1 0%    
Single student with child allowance     272 0% 1,225 2% 1,292 2% 1,383 2%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for more than one child     300 0% 1,539 2% 1,950 3% 1,994 3%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for one child     394 1% 1,794 3% 2,029 3% 2,064 3%
Single student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 3,317 4% 2,819 4% 59 0% 3 0% 1 0%
Student living at home with earning spouse 1,555 2% 1,518 2% 570 1% 418 1% 400 1%
Student living at home with earning spouse, with children         847 1% 833 1% 829 1%
Student living at home with earning spouse, with children, partner entitled             2 0% 7 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse (no accommodation benefit) 4 0% 7 0% 9 0% 5 0% 4 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse + accommodation 42 0% 38 0% 20 0% 17 0% 21 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse, with children + accommodation         23 0% 23 0% 24 0%
Student with dependent partner (no accommodation benefit) 45 0% 47 0% 55 0% 47 0% 32 0%
Student with dependent partner plus an accommodation benefit 4,386 6% 3,768 5% 1,435 2% 1,132 2% 1,144 2%
Student with dependent partner, with children plus an accommodation benefit         1,927 3% 1,863 3% 1,722 3%
Total 76,791 100% 72,416 100% 68,888 100% 63,367 100% 62,635 100%

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 74 0% 89 0% 78 0% 82 0% 67 0%
M 57 0% 49 0% 31 0% 31 0% 41 0%
Total 131 0% 138 0% 109 0% 113 0% 108 0%
18 - 19 F 10,619 14% 9,977 14% 9,448 14% 8,409 13% 8,460 14%
M 8,175 11% 7,540 10% 6,859 10% 6,020 10% 5,835 9%
Total 18,794 24% 17,517 24% 16,307 24% 14,429 23% 14,295 23%
20 - 24 F 17,322 23% 16,553 23% 15,870 23% 14,730 23% 14,656 23%
M 13,493 18% 12,592 17% 11,824 17% 10,531 17% 10,170 16%
Total 30,815 40% 29,145 40% 27,694 40% 25,261 40% 24,826 40%
25 - 29 F 5,770 8% 5,776 8% 5,988 9% 5,971 9% 6,064 10%
M 5,851 8% 5,656 8% 5,350 8% 5,022 8% 4,787 8%
Total 11,621 15% 11,432 16% 11,338 16% 10,993 17% 10,851 17%
30 - 34 F 2,398 3% 2,419 3% 2,416 4% 2,546 4% 2,707 4%
M 2,409 3% 2,195 3% 1,990 3% 1,780 3% 1,812 3%
Total 4,807 6% 4,614 6% 4,406 6% 4,326 7% 4,519 7%
35 - 39 F 1,547 2% 1,556 2% 1,641 2% 1,634 3% 1,680 3%
M 1,430 2% 1,256 2% 1,194 2% 1,026 2% 945 2%
Total 2,977 4% 2,812 4% 2,835 4% 2,660 4% 2,625 4%
40 - 44 F 1,462 2% 1,324 2% 1,293 2% 1,178 2% 1,120 2%
M 949 1% 791 1% 677 1% 608 1% 580 1%
Total 2,411 3% 2,115 3% 1,970 3% 1,786 3% 1,700 3%
45 - 49 F 1,320 2% 1,231 2% 1,187 2% 1,054 2% 1,023 2%
M 750 1% 626 1% 512 1% 425 1% 398 1%
Total 2,070 3% 1,857 3% 1,699 2% 1,479 2% 1,421 2%
50 - 54 F 1,030 1% 959 1% 848 1% 750 1% 688 1%
M 629 1% 455 1% 387 1% 318 1% 261 0%
Total 1,659 2% 1,414 2% 1,235 2% 1,068 2% 949 2%
55 - 59 F 538 1% 512 1% 472 1% 433 1% 429 1%
M 327 0% 290 0% 218 0% 198 0% 215 0%
Total 865 1% 802 1% 690 1% 631 1% 644 1%
60 - 64 F 267 0% 293 0% 305 0% 329 1% 370 1%
M 247 0% 252 0% 265 0% 246 0% 279 0%
Total 514 1% 545 1% 570 1% 575 1% 649 1%
65 - 69 F 30 0% 9 0% 21 0% 23 0% 24 0%
M 70 0% 14 0% 14 0% 23 0% 24 0%
Total 100 0% 23 0% 35 0% 46 0% 48 0%
70 - 74 F 6 0% 1 0%            
M 14 0% 1 0%            
Total 20 0% 2 0%            
75 - 79 F 2 0%                
M 5 0%                
Total 7 0%                
Total F 42,385 55% 40,699 56% 39,567 57% 37,139 59% 37,288 60%
M 34,406 45% 31,717 44% 29,321 43% 26,228 41% 25,347 40%
Total 76,791 100% 72,416 100% 68,888 100% 63,367 100% 62,635 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Citizen by birth 53,568 70% 51,415 71% 49,804 72% 45,838 72% 45,222 72%
Citizen 11,518 15% 10,643 15% 9,821 14% 9,011 14% 8,967 14%
Permanent resident 11,094 14% 9,769 13% 8,680 13% 7,912 12% 7,827 12%
Protected person 6 0% 9 0% 9 0% 9 0% 5 0%
Refugee 605 1% 580 1% 574 1% 597 1% 614 1%
Total 76,791 100% 72,416 100% 68,888 100% 63,367 100% 62,635 100%

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 57 0% 43 0% 40 0% 33 0% 43 0%
Defacto 2,756 4% 2,790 4% 2,535 4% 2,256 4% 2,171 3%
Married 5,476 7% 4,607 6% 4,080 6% 3,731 6% 3,567 6%
Single 68,497 89% 64,970 90% 62,229 90% 57,341 90% 56,852 91%
Unknown 5 0% 6 0% 4 0% 6 0% 2 0%
Total 76,791 100% 72,416 100% 68,888 100% 63,367 100% 62,635 100%

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 33,289 43% 30,372 42% 28,789 42% 26,170 41% 25,383 41%
Māori 9,232 12% 9,174 13% 8,727 13% 7,785 12% 7,235 12%
Pacific peoples 6,244 8% 6,190 9% 5,803 8% 5,031 8% 4,763 8%
Asian 14,534 19% 13,446 19% 12,603 18% 11,999 19% 11,872 19%
Other 2,278 3% 2,227 3% 2,018 3% 1,832 3% 1,862 3%
European and Māori 5,298 7% 5,133 7% 5,075 7% 4,847 8% 4,779 8%
European and Pacific peoples 1,091 1% 1,118 2% 1,077 2% 984 2% 966 2%
Māori and Pacific peoples 709 1% 752 1% 739 1% 670 1% 662 1%
European and Asian 856 1% 874 1% 824 1% 858 1% 876 1%
Māori and Asian 64 0% 71 0% 62 0% 71 0% 72 0%
Pacific peoples and Asian 206 0% 181 0% 171 0% 157 0% 158 0%
European and Other 526 1% 435 1% 381 1% 377 1% 379 1%
Māori and Other 66 0% 66 0% 56 0% 48 0% 47 0%
Pacific peoples and Other 25 0% 28 0% 28 0% 26 0% 25 0%
Asian and Other 241 0% 217 0% 176 0% 166 0% 162 0%
3 ethnic groups 656 1% 670 1% 710 1% 624 1% 679 1%
4 ethnic groups 20 0% 21 0% 12 0% 20 0% 25 0%
All 5 ethnic groups     3 0% 3 0% 3 0% 1 0%
Unspecified 1,456 2% 1,438 2% 1,634 2% 1,699 3% 2,689 4%
Total 76,791 100% 72,416 100% 68,888 100% 63,367 100% 62,635 100%
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