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StudyLink statistics

Find statistics on payments of Student Allowances, Student Loans, and A and B Bursary payments. For the calendar year statistics, the last five years are shown, however, the downloadable spreadsheets give the whole series, for loans and allowances, since the establishment of StudyLink.

Student Allowances

The Student Allowance Scheme was introduced in 1989 to provide living support for New Zealand students studying full-time toward recognised tertiary qualifications, and for adults studying full-time at a secondary school. The aim of the scheme is to ensure that the need to meet day-to-day living expenses does not act as a barrier to full-time education for adult students.

The Department of Work and Income took over the responsibility for administering Student Allowances in 1999 from the Ministry of Education. This delivery function is now carried out by the Ministry of Social Development (as a result of the merger of the Department of Work and Income and the Ministry of Social Policy in 2001) through its StudyLink service.


Student Loans

The Student Loan Scheme was established in 1992 to assist students to overcome financial barriers to undertaking tertiary study.

Three agencies have particular responsibilities under the scheme; the Ministry of Education, Inland Revenue, and since 2000, the Ministry of Social Development.

StudyLink, a service of the Ministry of Social Development, is responsible for the administration and delivery of Student Loans to students, Inland Revenue takes responsibility of the loan once a student has drawn down. See below for information on Student Loans administrated by StudyLink.

Student Loan scheme annual report

The Student Loan scheme annual report provides policy and delivery information, including up-to-date statistical and financial data.

Latest annual reports

The Student Loan scheme annual report is prepared and published each year.

It provides policy and delivery information, including up-to-date statistical and financial data.

See below for the link to the Ministry of Education website for annual reports published since the Ministry of Social Delivery has been responsible for the delivery of Student Loans.

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education is responsible for strategic policy in relation to the Student Loan Scheme, including modeling and policy development. You will find information on loan debt projections and loan repayment projections on the Ministry of Education website

Inland Revenue

Inland Revenue takes responsibility of the loan once a student has drawn down, including the assessment and collection of loan repayments. Loan deatils are normally transferred to Inland Revenue daily. You will find information on interest rates, interest write-offs, repayments, debt levels and overdue debt levels on the Inland Revenue website.

A and B Bursary payments/New Zealand Qualifications Authority Scholarship Monetary Awards

The New Zealand Bursary scheme was phased out with the introduction of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 in 2004. A new system of achievement awards called the New Zealand Qualifications Authority Scholarship Monetary Awards was introduced in 2005. Historical data on the payment of A and B Bursaries by MSD is listed in the link below.

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