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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.


Allowances paid

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).

Of the total number of students who received Student Allowance from January to December 2020, around 29.9 percent were students with a parental-income tested allowance, living away from home. This proportion was lower when compared with December 2019 (30.4 percent).

SA personal and family circumstances

Number of recipients based on personal and family circumstances

Student allowances January to December Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018–19 2019–20
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living at home 15,283 14,499 13,683 -5.1% -5.6%
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living away from home 19,626 18,984 18,456 -3.3% -2.8%
Single students living at home 3,560 3,358 3,458 -5.7% 3.0%
Single students living away from home 14,329 13,910 14,448 -2.9% 3.9%
Single students with child/children 5,665 5,276 4,540 -6.9% -13.9%
Students in a relationship without a child/children 1,975 2,172 2,188 10.0% 0.7%
Students in a relationship with a child/children 3,115 2,948 3,046 -5.4% 3.3%
Independent Circumstances Allowance and accommodation 1,177 1,351 1,904 14.8% 40.9%
Total number of recipients 64,730 62,498 61,723 -3.4% -1.2%