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Student Loan 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

Student Loan borrowers enrolled in universities and private training institutions increased

There were 85,010 Student Loan (SL) borrowers enrolled in universities from January to March 2021. This was an increase of 4.9 percent when compared with the same period last year.

SL types of education providers

Number of Student Loan borrowers by types of education providers attended

Types of providers January to March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019-20 2020-21
University 82,692 81,013 85,010 -2.0% 4.9%
Polytechnic 25,684 23,477 23,047 -8.6% -1.8%
Private training establishment (PTE) 9,543 8,793 8,974 -7.9% 2.1%
Wānanga 1,762 1,561 1,433 -11.4% -8.2%
Multiple and Other providers 588 488 633 -17.0% 29.7%
Total number of Student Loan borrowers 120,269 115,332 119,097 -4.1% 3.3%

Student Loan course fees borrowing by type of education providers

Types of providers January to March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019-20 2020-21
University $484,795,821 $482,363,527 $511,547,740 -0.5% 6.1%
Polytechnic $116,043,235 $107,114,574 $98,523,971 -7.7% -8.0%
Private training establishment (PTE) $45,779,127 $44,449,345 $46,841,570 -2.9% 5.4%
Wānanga $3,937,719 $3,653,434 $2,961,666 -7.2% -18.9%
Multiple and other providers $3,650,689 $3,311,060 $4,057,492 -9.3% 22.5%
Total amount borrowed for course fees $654,206,591 $640,891,940 $663,932,439 -2.0% 3.6%