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Student Allowances January – March 2021

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

The number of Student Allowance recipients enrolled in polytechnics had the highest year-on-year rate increase

During January to March 2021, there were 25,056 students who received Student Allowance for study at university. This was an increase of 1,488 students (6.3 percent) when compared with the same period in 2020.

However, the percentage increase change in the number of SA recipients enrolled in Polytechnics was higher at 8.2 percent. The table below provides a summary of the number of SA recipients by type of provider they were enrolled in.

Proportionately, the number of students in receipt of SA enrolled in universities accounted for 57.8 percent, followed by SA recipients in Polytechnics at 26.9 percent.

SA types of providers

Number of recipients by types of education providers

Types of providers January to March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019–20 2020–21
University 24,277 23,568 25,056 -2.9% 6.3%
Polytechnic 12,057 10,765 11,647 -10.7% 8.2%
Private training establishment (PTE) 5,230 4,849 5,168 -7.3% 6.6%
Wānanga 1,394 1,247 1,022 -10.5% -18.0%
Multiple and Other providers 563 461 476 -18.1% 3.3%
Total number of recipients 43,521 40,890 43,369 -6.0% 6.1%
Types of providers January to March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019–20 2020–21
University $30,623,952 $30,943,482 $34,022,805 1.0% 10.0%
Polytechnic $19,850,992 $18,960,363 $20,274,450 -4.5% 6.9%
Private training establishment (PTE) $10,317,346 $9,891,059 $10,800,630 -4.1% 9.2%
Wānanga $2,196,272 $2,048,325 $1,652,915 -6.7% -19.3%
Multiple and Other providers $1,593,522 $1,307,242 $1,306,643 -18.0% 0.0%
Total amount paid for Student Allowance $64,582,084 $63,150,471 $68,057,443 -2.2% 7.8%