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Student Allowances Jan - Dec (Calendar year)

These figures are cumulative year-to-date figures. Therefore, the Jan - Dec figures are the relevant calendar year figures in the annual statistics table. For the purpose of these tables, a student is defined as a person who received at least one payment from StudyLink in the calendar year, up to the month specified. Percentage figures may not add to exactly 100% because of rounding effects. All percentages are rounded to the nearest percent. Five years of data are presented, earlier figures are included in the downloadable spreadsheets.

Amounts paid out for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit payments

Allowance totals 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Student Allowance 85,094 79,670 75,050 71,028 65,352
Accommodation 58,977 54,923 51,161 48,193 44,438
Total number 85,099 79,672 75,051 71,029 65,354
Total Student Allowance $501,399,421 $476,437,569 $443,543,953 $432,158,315 $406,772,730
Total Accommodation $70,512,069 $66,713,958 $62,108,406 $62,371,973 $59,467,666
Average Student Allowance $5,892 $5,980 $5,910 $6,084 $6,224
Average Accommodation $1,196 $1,215 $1,214 $1,294 $1,338

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by types of education provider attended

Where more than one education provider is named, the students are attending all the named education providers during the year.

Education provider type 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
COE 2 0%                
COE/Wananga     1 0%            
Other 1,660 2% 1,312 2% 1,227 2% 949 1% 879 1%
Other/PTE 17 0% 14 0% 20 0% 11 0% 11 0%
Other/PTE/Wananga 1 0%                
Other/Polytech 38 0% 35 0% 17 0% 20 0% 11 0%
Other/Polytech/University 1 0%                
Other/University 46 0% 32 0% 21 0% 6 0% 5 0%
Other/Wananga 14 0% 12 0% 19 0% 19 0% 9 0%
PTE 13,096 15% 13,163 17% 12,258 16% 11,007 15% 9,653 15%
PTE/University 279 0% 221 0% 182 0% 180 0% 177 0%
PTE/University/Wananga                 1 0%
PTE/Wananga 104 0% 74 0% 62 0% 62 0% 45 0%
Polytech 24,932 29% 23,811 30% 22,783 30% 21,900 31% 19,766 30%
Polytech/PTE 281 0% 271 0% 263 0% 260 0% 211 0%
Polytech/PTE/University 2 0% 2 0% 2 0% 1 0% 1 0%
Polytech/PTE/Wananga 4 0%             2 0%
Polytech/University 326 0% 280 0% 255 0% 241 0% 187 0%
Polytech/Wananga 95 0% 91 0% 65 0% 65 0% 70 0%
University 40,729 48% 37,033 46% 34,689 46% 33,374 47% 31,554 48%
University/Wananga 20 0% 13 0% 21 0% 12 0% 11 0%
Wananga 3,452 4% 3,307 4% 3,167 4% 2,922 4% 2,761 4%
Total 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100% 65,354 100%

Allowances paid out by provider type

Allowance by provider type ($) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
COE $436        
COE/Wananga   $7,177      
Other $9,670,112 $8,376,655 $7,715,924 $6,454,446 $6,432,679
Other/PTE $144,018 $112,323 $157,353 $82,435 $77,025
Other/PTE/Wananga $13,370        
Other/Polytech $249,836 $272,980 $130,398 $140,583 $101,468
Other/Polytech/University $9,940        
Other/University $351,508 $270,846 $197,257 $47,071 $30,235
Other/Wananga $189,342 $161,009 $274,175 $263,254 $135,261
PTE $67,458,667 $69,262,684 $64,488,848 $59,798,552 $53,008,823
PTE/University $2,079,931 $1,725,283 $1,297,480 $1,364,922 $1,364,943
PTE/University/Wananga         $8,512
PTE/Wananga $1,078,654 $773,531 $649,388 $567,625 $455,827
Polytech $149,679,921 $142,713,708 $135,590,789 $137,197,827 $129,015,327
Polytech/PTE $2,259,389 $2,202,247 $1,954,264 $2,043,279 $1,773,892
Polytech/PTE/University $6,207 $25,237 $17,270 $7,826 $20,065
Polytech/PTE/Wananga $57,389       $24,163
Polytech/University $2,393,721 $2,113,159 $1,903,377 $1,780,171 $1,418,459
Polytech/Wananga $959,030 $950,992 $634,574 $595,533 $757,831
University $238,381,409 $221,180,996 $204,305,740 $198,318,106 $189,609,062
University/Wananga $176,583 $120,828 $156,871 $137,936 $90,296
Wananga $26,239,957 $26,167,917 $24,070,246 $23,358,749 $22,448,863
Total $501,399,421 $476,437,569 $443,543,953 $432,158,315 $406,772,730

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by type of payment

The actual classifications used for allowance type changed in 2005, and again in 2008, so some allowances were moved to a different category at those times.

Type of allowance 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 20,204 24% 19,310 24% 18,094 24% 16,486 23% 14,742 23%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home (no accommodation benefit) - (3a) 425 0% 295 0% 307 0% 249 0% 279 0%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 26,733 31% 25,133 32% 23,364 31% 22,275 31% 20,035 31%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 2 0% 3 0%     1 0%    
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 11 0% 3 0%         1 0%
24 years old and over at home allowance 3,512 4% 3,318 4% 3,327 4% 3,432 5% 3,376 5%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance (no accommodation benefit) - (5a) 157 0% 134 0% 164 0% 161 0% 159 0%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 20,803 24% 18,939 24% 17,566 23% 16,178 23% 14,727 23%
25 years old and over at home allowance     1 0%         1 0%
25 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 3 0%             2 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance (no accommodation benefit) 2 0% 3 0% 5 0% 4 0% 7 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance + accom 54 0% 64 0% 72 0% 38 0% 35 0%
Couple, both eligible students (no accommodation benefit) 12 0% 13 0% 14 0% 13 0% 17 0%
Couple, both eligible students plus an accommodation benefit 1,023 1% 807 1% 684 1% 267 0% 240 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner entitled plus an accommodation benefit             280 0% 299 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner not entitled, plus an accommodation benefit             67 0% 57 0%
Couple, one eligible student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 127 0% 119 0% 91 0% 46 0% 44 0%
Independent circumstances allowance + accommodation 1,633 2% 1,553 2% 1,580 2% 1,504 2% 1,237 2%
One student with dependent spouse allowance + accommodation     1 0%            
One student with dependent spouse and 1 or more children + accommodation 1 0%             1 0%
Single student with child allowance         353 0% 1,320 2% 1,399 2%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for more than one child         370 0% 1,607 2% 2,024 3%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for one child         494 1% 1,857 3% 2,073 3%
Single student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 2,759 3% 3,513 4% 2,814 4% 59 0% 3 0%
Student living at home with earning spouse 1,918 2% 1,666 2% 1,633 2% 577 1% 442 1%
Student living at home with earning spouse, with children             917 1% 880 1%
Student living at home with earning spouse, with children, partner entitled                 4 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse (no accommodation benefit) 12 0% 7 0% 6 0% 9 0% 4 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse + accommodation 55 0% 39 0% 42 0% 22 0% 17 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse, with children + accommodation             20 0% 21 0%
Student with dependent partner (no accommodation benefit) 49 0% 57 0% 58 0% 67 0% 53 0%
Student with dependent partner plus an accommodation benefit 5,604 7% 4,694 6% 4,013 5% 1,495 2% 1,206 2%
Student with dependent partner, with children plus an accommodation benefit             2,078 3% 1,969 3%
Total 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100% 65,354 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by age and gender

Age is calculated as at the end of the last quarter of the period.

Student ages 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
17 or less F 50 0% 48 0% 53 0% 64 0% 56 0%
M 34 0% 38 0% 32 0% 25 0% 18 0%
Total 84 0% 86 0% 85 0% 89 0% 74 0%
18 - 19 F 9,795 12% 9,530 12% 8,985 12% 8,435 12% 7,388 11%
M 7,565 9% 7,449 9% 6,855 9% 6,124 9% 5,362 8%
Total 17,360 20% 16,979 21% 15,840 21% 14,559 20% 12,750 20%
20 - 24 F 20,090 24% 18,910 24% 17,940 24% 17,111 24% 15,915 24%
M 16,015 19% 14,645 18% 13,611 18% 12,730 18% 11,311 17%
Total 36,105 42% 33,555 42% 31,551 42% 29,841 42% 27,226 42%
25 - 29 F 6,796 8% 6,306 8% 6,305 8% 6,460 9% 6,420 10%
M 7,083 8% 6,383 8% 6,215 8% 5,795 8% 5,473 8%
Total 13,879 16% 12,689 16% 12,520 17% 12,255 17% 11,893 18%
30 - 34 F 2,657 3% 2,545 3% 2,585 3% 2,607 4% 2,747 4%
M 3,048 4% 2,583 3% 2,341 3% 2,141 3% 1,909 3%
Total 5,705 7% 5,128 6% 4,926 7% 4,748 7% 4,656 7%
35 - 39 F 1,636 2% 1,652 2% 1,641 2% 1,719 2% 1,711 3%
M 1,632 2% 1,523 2% 1,320 2% 1,266 2% 1,097 2%
Total 3,268 4% 3,175 4% 2,961 4% 2,985 4% 2,808 4%
40 - 44 F 1,618 2% 1,510 2% 1,388 2% 1,345 2% 1,236 2%
M 1,190 1% 1,005 1% 845 1% 710 1% 657 1%
Total 2,808 3% 2,515 3% 2,233 3% 2,055 3% 1,893 3%
45 - 49 F 1,367 2% 1,398 2% 1,303 2% 1,263 2% 1,109 2%
M 936 1% 790 1% 648 1% 540 1% 456 1%
Total 2,303 3% 2,188 3% 1,951 3% 1,803 3% 1,565 2%
50 - 54 F 1,093 1% 1,076 1% 1,029 1% 880 1% 777 1%
M 712 1% 667 1% 495 1% 408 1% 341 1%
Total 1,805 2% 1,743 2% 1,524 2% 1,288 2% 1,118 2%
55 - 59 F 625 1% 565 1% 533 1% 505 1% 485 1%
M 389 0% 343 0% 302 0% 248 0% 212 0%
Total 1,014 1% 908 1% 835 1% 753 1% 697 1%
60 - 64 F 287 0% 300 0% 312 0% 336 0% 344 1%
M 277 0% 263 0% 267 0% 258 0% 255 0%
Total 564 1% 563 1% 579 1% 594 1% 599 1%
65 - 69 F 54 0% 32 0% 16 0% 28 0% 42 0%
M 104 0% 79 0% 28 0% 31 0% 33 0%
Total 158 0% 111 0% 44 0% 59 0% 75 0%
70 - 74 F 9 0% 8 0% 1 0%        
M 21 0% 17 0% 1 0%        
Total 30 0% 25 0% 2 0%        
75 - 79 F 3 0% 2 0%            
M 10 0% 5 0%            
Total 13 0% 7 0%            
80 or over F 2 0%                
M 1 0%                
Total 3 0%                
Total F 46,082 54% 43,882 55% 42,091 56% 40,753 57% 38,230 58%
M 39,017 46% 35,790 45% 32,960 44% 30,276 43% 27,124 42%
Total 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100% 65,354 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Citizen by birth 58,515 69% 55,772 70% 53,441 71% 51,390 72% 47,328 72%
Citizen 13,314 16% 11,899 15% 10,997 15% 10,127 14% 9,298 14%
Permanent resident 12,670 15% 11,377 14% 10,002 13% 8,906 13% 8,102 12%
Protected person 1 0% 5 0% 8 0% 8 0% 8 0%
Refugee 599 1% 619 1% 603 1% 598 1% 618 1%
Total 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100% 65,354 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by marital status

Students with unknown marital status are those who have had a change in circumstances and their marital status is not confirmed at the end of the period. Those students would not be receiving payments while their marital status is not confirmed.

Marital status 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Civil union 72 0% 56 0% 45 0% 46 0% 30 0%
Defacto 3,301 4% 2,945 4% 2,899 4% 2,661 4% 2,353 4%
Married 6,907 8% 5,734 7% 4,851 6% 4,342 6% 3,923 6%
Single 74,811 88% 70,923 89% 67,241 90% 63,968 90% 59,040 90%
Unknown 8 0% 14 0% 15 0% 12 0% 8 0%
Total 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100% 65,354 100%

Summary of Student Allowance recipients by ethnic group

It is not mandatory for students to disclose their ethnicity and students may report more than one ethnicity.

Ethnic groups 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
European 37,830 44% 34,274 43% 31,285 42% 29,522 42% 26,821 41%
Maori 9,668 11% 9,852 12% 9,713 13% 9,138 13% 8,215 13%
Pacific peoples 6,911 8% 6,638 8% 6,497 9% 6,048 9% 5,239 8%
Asian 16,263 19% 14,894 19% 13,751 18% 12,907 18% 12,259 19%
Other 2,552 3% 2,362 3% 2,297 3% 2,064 3% 1,888 3%
European and Maori 5,663 7% 5,613 7% 5,398 7% 5,299 7% 5,063 8%
European and Pacific 1,268 1% 1,129 1% 1,169 2% 1,114 2% 1,014 2%
Maori and Pacific 719 1% 766 1% 806 1% 782 1% 714 1%
European and Asian 942 1% 900 1% 906 1% 851 1% 885 1%
Maori and Asian 66 0% 65 0% 76 0% 67 0% 75 0%
Pacific and Asian 221 0% 211 0% 195 0% 174 0% 164 0%
European and Other 621 1% 554 1% 464 1% 399 1% 389 1%
Maori and Other 54 0% 68 0% 74 0% 57 0% 51 0%
Pacific and Other 32 0% 29 0% 32 0% 31 0% 26 0%
Asian and Other 242 0% 261 0% 235 0% 190 0% 181 0%
3 ethnic groups 678 1% 688 1% 698 1% 745 1% 658 1%
4 ethnic groups 25 0% 20 0% 24 0% 16 0% 21 0%
All 5 ethnic groups 2 0%     3 0% 3 0% 3 0%
Unspecified 1,342 2% 1,348 2% 1,428 2% 1,622 2% 1,688 3%
Total 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100% 65,354 100%
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