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Student Allowances January – December 2020

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 year-to-date figures. All percentages are computed using actual data and rounded to the nearest one decimal point. The total percentages may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding effects. The last three years of data and annual comparisons are presented in summary tables. Earlier timeseries are included in the downloadable spreadsheets.


Student Allowances

In 2020, there were 61,723 students who received financial assistance under the Student Allowances Scheme, a decrease of 1.2 percent compared with 2019.

A total of $588,060,451 was paid for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit from January to December 2020, a slight decrease of 0.9 percent compared with 2019.

SA number and amount

From January to December 2020, students received Student Allowance amounting to $8,164 on average, (up by 0.2 percent compared with last year).

Students who were also entitled to Accommodation Benefit received $1,992 on average, a slight decrease of 1.2 percent compared with last year.


Number of recipients, amounts paid, and average amount paid

Student allowances January to December Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018–19 2019–20
Student Allowance 64,728 62,495 61,723 -3.4% -1.2%
Accommodation Benefit 43,025 41,895 42,242 -2.6% 0.8%
Total number of recipients 64,730 62,498 61,723 -3.4% -1.2%
Amount paid for Student Allowance $521,212,838 $509,021,259 $503,901,980 -2.3% -1.0%
Amount paid for Accommodation Benefit $80,663,078 $84,519,447 $84,158,471 4.8% -0.4%
Total amount paid $601,875,916 $593,540,706 $588,060,451 -1.4% -0.9%
Average Student Allowance $8,052 $8,145 $8,164 1.2% 0.2%
Average Accommodation Benefit $1,875 $2,017 $1,992 7.6% -1.2%