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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.


Number of recipients and amount paid

The number of Student Allowance recipients increased

From January to March 2021, there were 43,369 students received financial assistance under the Student Allowances (SA) Scheme. This was 2,479 more students (6.1 percent) when compared with the same period last year.

A total of $79,763,911 was paid for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit from January to March 2021, an increase of 7.5 percent compared with the same period in 2020.

SA number and amount

On average, students received Student Allowance amounting to $1,569 from January to March 2021. This was 1.6 percent higher than what students received, on average, in January to March 2020.

Students who were also entitled to Accommodation Benefit received $383 on average, a decrease of 2.0 percent when compared with last year.

Below is a summary table with year on year comparisons over the last three years.


Number of recipients, amounts paid, and average amount paid

Student allowances January to March Annual change
2019 2020 2021 2019–20 2020–21
Student Allowance 43,518 40,890 43,369 -6.0% 6.1%
Accommodation Benefit 29,533 28,216 30,534 -4.5% 8.2%
Total number of recipients 43,521 40,890 43,369 -6.0% 6.1%
Amount paid for Student Allowance $64,582,084 $63,150,471 $68,057,443 -2.2% 7.8%
Amount paid for Accommodation Benefit $11,030,862 $11,038,267 $11,706,468 0.1% 6.1%
Total amount paid $75,612,946 $74,188,738 $79,763,911 -1.9% 7.5%
Average Student Allowance $1,484 $1,544 $1,569 4.0% 1.6%
Average Accommodation Benefit $374 $391 $383 4.5% -2.0%