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Student Data

The Student Data provides the latest statistics on Student Loans, Student Allowances, other support available for tertiary students, and other adult students attending secondary schools.


Student Support Update

The Student Support Update is an A3 dashboard that contains a high-level overview of key information and trends on student statistics. The report also includes data on other support available for students.


Student Allowance

The Student Allowances 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.

The Student Allowances Scheme provides financial assistance for full-time students who are enrolled in a recognised course of study or programme, at an approved education provider. It is paid weekly to help students with their living expenses.

From 1 January 2018, Student Allowance rates increased by $50.

From 1 April 2018, the maximum rate of Accommodation Benefit increased from $40 to $60.

The following pages provide the student allowance statistics over the last three January to June reporting periods. Time series figures are available in downloadable files.


Student Loan

The Student Loan Scheme was established in 1992 to assist students to overcome financial barriers to undertaking tertiary study, pay for course fees (i.e. compulsory fees charged by education providers), course-related costs (e.g. books, computer, travel), and living costs.

On 1 January 2018, the government introduced a fees-free policy for students starting tertiary study or training for the first time.

Three agencies have particular responsibilities under the scheme -- the Ministry of Education, Inland Revenue, and 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, while Inland Revenue takes responsibility of the loan once a student has drawn down a loan.

The following pages provide the student loan statistics over the last three January to June reporting periods. Time series figures are available in downloadable files.


Previous Student Statistics

Previous Student Statistics have been archived by year, and can be accessed below:


Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education is responsible for strategic policy in relation to the Student Loan Scheme, including modelling 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 details 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.