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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.


Allowances paid

The proportion of single students living away from home increased

The weekly rates for Student Allowance are based on personal and family circumstances of students (e.g. age of the student, income of the parent/s, relationship status, and other circumstances).

During the first three months of the year, 25.2 percent of SA recipients were single students who were living away from home. This proportion was 2.3 percentage points higher when compared with January to March 2020.

SA personal and family circumstances

Number of recipients based on personal and family circumstances

Student allowances January to March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019–20 2020–21
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living at home 9,291 8,483 8,328 -8.7% -1.8%
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living away from home 14,626 13,731 14,152 -6.1% 3.1%
Single students living at home 2,271 2,154 2,444 -5.2% 13.5%
Single students living away from home 9,654 9,349 10,926 -3.2% 16.9%
Single students with child/children 3,771 3,269 2,747 -13.3% -16.0%
Students in a relationship without a child/children 1,295 1,223 1,413 -5.6% 15.5%
Students in a relationship with a child/children 1,839 1,685 1,940 -8.4% 15.1%
Independent Circumstances Allowance and accommodation 774 996 1,419 28.7% 42.5%
Total number of recipients 43,521 40,890 43,369 -6.0% 6.1%