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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.


Demographics of Student Allowance recipients

Number of recipients by age group

Age is calculated as at the end of the period.

Age group January to December Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018–19 2019–20
17 years and younger 63 66 76 4.8% 15.2%
18–24 years 39,576 38,047 37,389 -3.9% -1.7%
25–34 years 16,509 15,915 16,107 -3.6% 1.2%
35–44 years 4,624 4,428 4,479 -4.2% 1.2%
45–54 years 2,511 2,401 2,203 -4.4% -8.2%
55 years and older 1,447 1,641 1,469 13.4% -10.5%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 64,730 62,498 61,723 -3.4% -1.2%

Note: Details of “55 and older” are available in the downloadable Excel file.

Gender January to December Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018–19 2019–20
Female 38,472 37,550 36,942 -2.4% -1.6%
Male 26,258 24,938 24,580 -5.0% -1.4%
Gender Diverse 0 10 201
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 64,730 62,498 61,723 -3.4% -1.2%

Note: In December 2019, forms and online applications were updated to include three gender options – Female, Male and Gender Diverse.


Number of recipients by residential status

Residential status January to December Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018–19 2019–20
Citizen by birth 46,781 44,755 44,024 -4.3% -1.6%
Citizen 9,259 9,099 9,213 -1.7% -1.3%
Permanent resident 8,054 7,978 7,863 -0.9% -1.4%
Other 636 666 623 4.7% -6.5%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 64,730 62,498 61,723 -3.4% -1.2%

Note: “Other” includes students who have refugee status, and those classified as protected person/s. Details of “Other” are included in the downloadable Excel file.


Number of recipients by relationship status

Relationship status January to December Annual change
2018 2019 2020 2018–19 2019–20
Single 58,629 56,402 55,504 -3.8% -1.6%
Married 3,784 3,890 3,934 2.8% 1.1%
Defacto 2,270 2,176 2,246 -4.1% -3.2%
Other 47 30 39 -36.2% 30.0%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 64,730 62,498 61,723 -3.4% -1.2%

Note 1: “Other” includes students who are in a civil union or have unknown relationship status.

Note 2: Students with unknown marital/relationship status refer to clients who have had a change in circumstances, and their relationship status had not been confirmed by the end of the reporting period. These students would not be receiving payments while their marital/relationship status is not confirmed. Details of “Other” are included in the downloadable Excel file.


Number of responses by ethnic group

It is not mandatory for students to disclose their ethnicity and students may report more than one ethnicity.

The numbers presented in this table are total responses — students who reported more than one ethnic group were counted in each group they identified with. The total number of responses, therefore, does not add up to the total number of students who received student allowances.

Ethnic group (Total response) January to December Annual Change
2018 2019 2020 2018–19 2019–20
European 34,157 32,387 32,056 -5.2% -1.0%
Māori 14,082 13,158 12,470 -6.6% -5.2%
Asian 13,757 13,671 13,505 -0.6% -1.2%
Pacific peoples 7,432 7,186 6,936 -3.3% -3.5%
Other 2,692 2,693 2,778 0.0% 3.2%
Not declared 2,648 3,292 3,759 24.3% 14.2%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 64,730 62,498 61,723 -3.4% -1.2%