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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.


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 March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019–20 2020–21
17 years and younger 401 407 407 1.5% 0.0%
18–24 years 27,270 25,641 26,575 -6.0% 3.6%
25–34 years 10,604 9,959 11,372 -6.1% 14.2%
35–44 years 2,819 2,675 2,833 -5.1% 5.9%
45–54 years 1,510 1,369 1,329 -9.3% -2.9%
55 years and older 917 839 853 -8.5% 1.7%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 43,521 40,890 43,369 -6.0% 6.1%

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

Gender January to March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019–20 2020–21
Female 26,718 25,005 26,628 -6.4% 6.5%
Male 16,803 15,829 16,534 -5.8% 4.5%
Gender Diverse 0 56 207 269.6%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 43,521 40,890 43,369 -6.0% 6.1%

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 March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019–20 2020–21
Citizen by birth 31,411 29,272 31,122 -6.8% 6.3%
Citizen 6,391 6,147 6,608 -3.8% 7.5%
Permanent resident 5,285 5,027 5,213 -4.9% 3.7%
Other 434 444 426 2.3% -4.1%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 43,521 40,890 43,369 -6.0% 6.1%

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 March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019–20 2020–21
Single 39,748 37,389 39,411 -5.9% 5.4%
Married 2,327 2,196 2,448 -5.6% 11.5%
Defacto 1,420 1,284 1,483 -9.6% 15.5%
Other 26 21 27 -19.2% 28.6%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 43,521 40,890 43,369 -6.0% 6.1%

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 March Annual Change
2019 2020 2021 2019–20 2020–21
European 23,872 21,997 24,717 -7.9% 12.4%
Māori 8,699 7,864 8,203 -9.6% 4.3%
Asian 9,532 9,156 9,600 -3.9% 4.8%
Pacific peoples 4,346 3,875 4,349 -10.8% 12.2%
Other 1,842 1,831 1,922 -0.6% 5.0%
Not declared 2,161 2,606 1,776 20.6% -31.8%
Total number of Student Allowance recipients 43,521 40,890 43,369 -6.0% 6.1%