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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.


Education providers attended

There were 32,039 Student Allowance recipients enrolled in universities, an increase of 1.5 percent compared with December 2019.

The proportion of students in receipt of Student Allowance who attended universities, was 51.9 percent. This was slightly higher compared with December 2019 (50.5 percent).

SA types of providers

Number of recipients by types of education providers

Types of providers January to December Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018–19 2019–20
University 32,042 31,567 32,039 -1.5% 1.5%
Polytechnic 19,311 17,957 17,511 -7.0% -2.5%
Private training establishment (PTE) 9,231 8,939 8,509 -3.2% -4.8%
Wānanga 2,511 2,508 2,109 -0.1% -15.9%
Multiple and Other providers 1,635 1,527 1,555 -6.6% 1.8%
Total number of recipients 64,730 62,498 61,723 -3.4% -1.2%
Types of providers January to December Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018–19 2019–20
University $250,920,595 $249,794,585 $254,684,791 -0.4% 2.0%
Polytechnic $160,828,325 $150,430,826 $145,373,585 -6.5% -3.4%
Private training establishment (PTE) $65,675,681 $64,572,677 $62,746,767 -1.7% -2.8%
Wānanga $26,582,592 $27,658,322 $24,231,708 4.0% -12.4%
Multiple and Other providers $17,205,645 $16,564,849 $16,865,129 -3.7% 1.8%
Total amount paid for Student Allowance $521,212,838 $509,021,259 $503,901,980 -2.3% -1.0%