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Student Data

This section provides the latest statistics on Student Loan, Student Allowance, 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 Allowance Scheme was introduced in 1989 to provide 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.

The Department of Work and Income took over the responsibility for administering Student Allowance 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 following pages provide the Student Allowance statistics over the January to June reporting periods. Timeseries figures are available in downloadable Excel files.


Student Loan

The Student Loan Scheme was established in 1992 to assist students to 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 January to June reporting periods. Timeseries figures are available in downloadable Excel files.


Previous Student Data

Previous student data have been archived by year, and can be accessed below: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 it 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.