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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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Student Allowance 96,908 85,094 79,670 75,050 71,028
Accommodation 67,512 58,977 54,923 50,560 44,901
Total number 96,910 85,099 79,672 75,051 71,029
Total Student Allowance $577,883,694 $501,399,421 $476,437,569 $443,543,953 $432,158,315
Total Accommodation $82,444,203 $70,512,069 $66,713,958 $60,915,177 $53,190,458
Average Student Allowance $5,963 $5,892 $5,980 $5,910 $6,084
Average Accommodation $1,221 $1,196 $1,215 $1,205 $1,185

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
COE     2 0%            
COE/Wananga         1 0%        
Other 1,843 2% 1,660 2% 1,312 2% 1,227 2% 949 1%
Other/PTE 18 0% 17 0% 14 0% 20 0% 11 0%
Other/PTE/Wananga     1 0%            
Other/Polytech 34 0% 38 0% 35 0% 17 0% 20 0%
Other/Polytech/University 1 0% 1 0%            
Other/University 34 0% 46 0% 32 0% 21 0% 6 0%
Other/Wananga 11 0% 14 0% 12 0% 19 0% 19 0%
PTE 14,063 15% 13,096 15% 13,163 17% 12,258 16% 11,007 15%
PTE/University 291 0% 279 0% 221 0% 182 0% 180 0%
PTE/Wananga 83 0% 104 0% 74 0% 62 0% 62 0%
Polytech 27,778 29% 24,932 29% 23,811 30% 22,783 30% 21,900 31%
Polytech/PTE 327 0% 281 0% 271 0% 263 0% 260 0%
Polytech/PTE/University 2 0% 2 0% 2 0% 2 0% 1 0%
Polytech/PTE/Wananga 3 0% 4 0%            
Polytech/University 412 0% 326 0% 280 0% 255 0% 241 0%
Polytech/Wananga 151 0% 95 0% 91 0% 65 0% 65 0%
University 48,272 50% 40,729 48% 37,033 46% 34,689 46% 33,374 47%
University/Wananga 40 0% 20 0% 13 0% 21 0% 12 0%
Wananga 3,547 4% 3,452 4% 3,307 4% 3,167 4% 2,922 4%
Total 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100%

Allowances paid out by provider type

Allowance by provider type ($) 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
COE   $436      
COE/Wananga     $7,177    
Other $10,256,131 $9,670,112 $8,376,655 $7,715,924 $6,454,446
Other/PTE $140,465 $144,018 $112,323 $157,353 $82,435
Other/PTE/Wananga   $13,370      
Other/Polytech $288,654 $249,836 $272,980 $130,398 $140,583
Other/Polytech/University $7,235 $9,940      
Other/University $260,168 $351,508 $270,846 $197,257 $47,071
Other/Wananga $148,302 $189,342 $161,009 $274,175 $263,254
PTE $72,534,967 $67,458,667 $69,262,684 $64,488,848 $59,798,552
PTE/University $2,292,305 $2,079,931 $1,725,283 $1,297,480 $1,364,922
PTE/Wananga $793,066 $1,078,654 $773,531 $649,388 $567,625
Polytech $166,489,357 $149,679,921 $142,713,708 $135,590,789 $137,197,827
Polytech/PTE $2,580,701 $2,259,389 $2,202,247 $1,954,264 $2,043,279
Polytech/PTE/University $30,428 $6,207 $25,237 $17,270 $7,826
Polytech/PTE/Wananga $63,228 $57,389      
Polytech/University $2,931,493 $2,393,721 $2,113,159 $1,903,377 $1,780,171
Polytech/Wananga $1,443,092 $959,030 $950,992 $634,574 $595,533
University $291,138,861 $238,381,409 $221,180,996 $204,305,740 $198,318,106
University/Wananga $344,384 $176,583 $120,828 $156,871 $137,936
Wananga $26,140,857 $26,239,957 $26,167,917 $24,070,246 $23,358,749
Total $577,883,694 $501,399,421 $476,437,569 $443,543,953 $432,158,315

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 22,401 23% 20,204 24% 19,310 24% 18,094 24% 16,486 23%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home (no accommodation benefit) - (3a) 555 1% 425 0% 295 0% 307 0% 249 0%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 31,363 32% 26,733 31% 25,133 32% 23,364 31% 22,275 31%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 2 0% 2 0% 3 0%     1 0%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 3 0% 11 0% 3 0%        
24 years old and over at home allowance 3,723 4% 3,512 4% 3,318 4% 3,327 4% 3,432 5%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance (no accommodation benefit) - (5a) 152 0% 157 0% 134 0% 164 0% 161 0%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 24,294 25% 20,803 24% 18,939 24% 17,566 23% 16,178 23%
25 years old and over at home allowance         1 0%        
25 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 4 0% 3 0%            
Both students but only one eligible for allowance (no accommodation benefit) 5 0% 2 0% 3 0% 5 0% 4 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance + accom 51 0% 54 0% 64 0% 72 0% 38 0%
Couple, both eligible students (no accommodation benefit) 16 0% 12 0% 13 0% 14 0% 13 0%
Couple, both eligible students plus an accommodation benefit 1,195 1% 1,023 1% 807 1% 684 1% 267 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner entitled plus an accommodation benefit                 280 0%
Couple, both eligible students, with children, partner not entitled, plus an accommodation benefit                 67 0%
Couple, one eligible student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 126 0% 127 0% 119 0% 91 0% 46 0%
Independent circumstances allowance + accommodation 1,942 2% 1,633 2% 1,553 2% 1,580 2% 1,504 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%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for more than one child             370 0% 1,607 2%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for one child             494 1% 1,857 3%
Single student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 2,377 2% 2,759 3% 3,513 4% 2,814 4% 59 0%
Student living at home with earning spouse 2,115 2% 1,918 2% 1,666 2% 1,633 2% 577 1%
Student living at home with earning spouse, with children                 917 1%
Student living away from home with earning spouse (no accommodation benefit) 10 0% 12 0% 7 0% 6 0% 9 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse + accommodation 53 0% 55 0% 39 0% 42 0% 22 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse, with children + accommodation                 20 0%
Student with dependent partner (no accommodation benefit) 81 0% 49 0% 57 0% 58 0% 67 0%
Student with dependent partner plus an accommodation benefit 6,441 7% 5,604 7% 4,694 6% 4,013 5% 1,495 2%
Student with dependent partner, with children plus an accommodation benefit                 2,078 3%
Total 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100%

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
17 or less F 83 0% 50 0% 48 0% 53 0% 64 0%
M 48 0% 34 0% 38 0% 32 0% 25 0%
Total 131 0% 84 0% 86 0% 85 0% 89 0%
18 - 19 F 11,199 12% 9,795 12% 9,530 12% 8,985 12% 8,435 12%
M 8,881 9% 7,565 9% 7,449 9% 6,855 9% 6,124 9%
Total 20,080 21% 17,360 20% 16,979 21% 15,840 21% 14,559 20%
20 - 24 F 22,817 24% 20,090 24% 18,910 24% 17,940 24% 17,111 24%
M 18,470 19% 16,015 19% 14,645 18% 13,611 18% 12,730 18%
Total 41,287 43% 36,105 42% 33,555 42% 31,551 42% 29,841 42%
25 - 29 F 7,829 8% 6,796 8% 6,306 8% 6,305 8% 6,460 9%
M 8,090 8% 7,083 8% 6,383 8% 6,215 8% 5,795 8%
Total 15,919 16% 13,879 16% 12,689 16% 12,520 17% 12,255 17%
30 - 34 F 2,979 3% 2,657 3% 2,545 3% 2,585 3% 2,607 4%
M 3,344 3% 3,048 4% 2,583 3% 2,341 3% 2,141 3%
Total 6,323 7% 5,705 7% 5,128 6% 4,926 7% 4,748 7%
35 - 39 F 1,775 2% 1,636 2% 1,652 2% 1,641 2% 1,719 2%
M 1,942 2% 1,632 2% 1,523 2% 1,320 2% 1,266 2%
Total 3,717 4% 3,268 4% 3,175 4% 2,961 4% 2,985 4%
40 - 44 F 1,709 2% 1,618 2% 1,510 2% 1,388 2% 1,345 2%
M 1,391 1% 1,190 1% 1,005 1% 845 1% 710 1%
Total 3,100 3% 2,808 3% 2,515 3% 2,233 3% 2,055 3%
45 - 49 F 1,486 2% 1,367 2% 1,398 2% 1,303 2% 1,263 2%
M 1,058 1% 936 1% 790 1% 648 1% 540 1%
Total 2,544 3% 2,303 3% 2,188 3% 1,951 3% 1,803 3%
50 - 54 F 1,147 1% 1,093 1% 1,076 1% 1,029 1% 880 1%
M 761 1% 712 1% 667 1% 495 1% 408 1%
Total 1,908 2% 1,805 2% 1,743 2% 1,524 2% 1,288 2%
55 - 59 F 611 1% 625 1% 565 1% 533 1% 505 1%
M 468 0% 389 0% 343 0% 302 0% 248 0%
Total 1,079 1% 1,014 1% 908 1% 835 1% 753 1%
60 - 64 F 277 0% 287 0% 300 0% 312 0% 336 0%
M 314 0% 277 0% 263 0% 267 0% 258 0%
Total 591 1% 564 1% 563 1% 579 1% 594 1%
65 - 69 F 68 0% 54 0% 32 0% 16 0% 28 0%
M 108 0% 104 0% 79 0% 28 0% 31 0%
Total 176 0% 158 0% 111 0% 44 0% 59 0%
70 - 74 F 11 0% 9 0% 8 0% 1 0%    
M 23 0% 21 0% 17 0% 1 0%    
Total 34 0% 30 0% 25 0% 2 0%    
75 - 79 F 3 0% 3 0% 2 0%        
M 12 0% 10 0% 5 0%        
Total 15 0% 13 0% 7 0%        
80 or over F 4 0% 2 0%            
M 2 0% 1 0%            
Total 6 0% 3 0%            
Total F 51,998 54% 46,082 54% 43,882 55% 42,091 56% 40,753 57%
M 44,912 46% 39,017 46% 35,790 45% 32,960 44% 30,276 43%
Total 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Citizen by birth 66,191 68% 58,515 69% 55,772 70% 53,441 71% 51,390 72%
Citizen 15,728 16% 13,314 16% 11,899 15% 10,997 15% 10,127 14%
Permanent resident 14,408 15% 12,670 15% 11,377 14% 10,002 13% 8,906 13%
Protected person     1 0% 5 0% 8 0% 8 0%
Refugee 583 1% 599 1% 619 1% 603 1% 598 1%
Total 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100%

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Civil union 69 0% 72 0% 56 0% 45 0% 46 0%
Defacto 3,547 4% 3,301 4% 2,945 4% 2,899 4% 2,661 4%
Married 7,921 8% 6,907 8% 5,734 7% 4,851 6% 4,342 6%
Single 85,363 88% 74,811 88% 70,923 89% 67,241 90% 63,968 90%
Unknown 10 0% 8 0% 14 0% 15 0% 12 0%
Total 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100%

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
European 45,022 46% 37,830 44% 34,274 43% 31,285 42% 29,522 42%
Maori 10,397 11% 9,668 11% 9,852 12% 9,713 13% 9,138 13%
Pacific peoples 7,388 8% 6,911 8% 6,638 8% 6,497 9% 6,048 9%
Asian 18,354 19% 16,263 19% 14,894 19% 13,751 18% 12,907 18%
Other 2,772 3% 2,552 3% 2,362 3% 2,297 3% 2,064 3%
European and Maori 6,034 6% 5,663 7% 5,613 7% 5,398 7% 5,299 7%
European and Pacific 1,331 1% 1,268 1% 1,129 1% 1,169 2% 1,114 2%
Maori and Pacific 735 1% 719 1% 766 1% 806 1% 782 1%
European and Asian 1,072 1% 942 1% 900 1% 906 1% 851 1%
Maori and Asian 71 0% 66 0% 65 0% 76 0% 67 0%
Pacific and Asian 223 0% 221 0% 211 0% 195 0% 174 0%
European and Other 661 1% 621 1% 554 1% 464 1% 399 1%
Maori and Other 53 0% 54 0% 68 0% 74 0% 57 0%
Pacific and Other 27 0% 32 0% 29 0% 32 0% 31 0%
Asian and Other 271 0% 242 0% 261 0% 235 0% 190 0%
3 ethnic groups 702 1% 678 1% 688 1% 698 1% 745 1%
4 ethnic groups 32 0% 25 0% 20 0% 24 0% 16 0%
All 5 ethnic groups 2 0% 2 0%     3 0% 3 0%
Unspecified 1,763 2% 1,342 2% 1,348 2% 1,428 2% 1,622 2%
Total 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100% 71,029 100%

Detailed distribution of Student Allowance recipients by ethnicity

From 2003 more detailed ethnicity data has been recorded.

Ethnicity details 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
European mixed 7,926 7,386 6,560 5,713 5,148
Pacific peoples mixed 932 919 909 835 823
Asian mixed 3,984 3,581 3,094 2,531 2,124
Other mixed 630 602 525 457 386
Admiralty Islander 120 118 115 123 163
Afghani 371 358 350 376 394
African 951 880 812 802 740
African American 7 2 4 2 4
Aitutaki Islander 27 15 21 9 13
Albanian 17 16 17 16 13
Algerian 4 1 1   1
American (US) 153 122 103 83 76
Arab 134 110 125 106 101
Argentinian 9 8 11 14 11
Armenian 6 6 3 3 3
Asian 841 681 612 611 643
Assyrian 44 34 28 25 38
Atiu Islander 2 6 4 2 1
Australian 353 294 279 227 210
Australian Aborigina 5 2 2 1 3
Austrian 10 6 11 12 6
Bangladeshi 75 58 47 39 30
Belau/PalauIslander       1  
Belgian 5 6 4 7 3
Bengali 10 12 8 7 11
Bolivian   1 2 3 2
Brazilian 53 62 46 53 59
British 575 562 484 478 437
Bulgarian 21 15 10 10 6
Burgher   1 1 1  
Burmese 101 111 93 90 73
Byelorussian 1 2 3 2 1
Canadian 72 47 49 41 35
Celtic 12 7 5 5 4
Central American Ind       1  
Channel Islander 1   2 2 3
Chilean 41 42 37 36 36
Chinese 4,972 4,162 3,718 3,386 3,248
Colombian 30 29 48 59 51
Cook Island Maori 727 744 762 757 669
Cornish   1 1    
Corsican 2 3 2 2 1
Croat/Croatian 20 17 17 11 8
Cypriot Unspecified 2        
Czech 5 8 9 8 5
Dalmatian 1     1 1
Danish 5 4 5 5 7
Dutch/Netherlands 112 94 75 76 77
Ecuadorian 4 2 3 1 4
Egyptian 48 42 46 46 29
English 452 342 358 352 374
Estonian   1 2 2 1
European 2,246 1,794 2,129 2,112 2,137
Fijian (except Fiji 197 190 175 160 152
Fijian Indian/Indo-F 871 787 745 743 673
Filipino 700 707 716 675 688
Finnish 3 2 1 1 1
French 21 16 11 12 13
Gaelic 1 1     1
German 89 70 66 72 64
Greek (incl Greek Cy 17 11 7 7 4
Guatemalan 1     2 1
Gujarati 71 70 80 86 78
Guyanese 2 1 1   1
Honduran         1
Hong Kong Chinese 99 90 80 74 62
Hungarian 14 12 11 9 11
Icelander   1 1    
Indian 1,788 1,611 1,508 1,409 1,321
Indonesian 83 73 75 76 78
Inuit/Eskimo         1
Iranian/Persian 181 157 142 150 121
Iraqi 84 83 67 73 64
Irish 41 27 26 29 24
Israeli/Jewish/Hebre 18 13 17 19 10
Italian 17 13 11 7 9
Jamaican 2 1      
Japanese 123 113 106 100 103
Jordanian 6 5 8 4 6
Kampuchean Chinese 5 5 5 5 5
Kenyan 1 1 2 2 3
Khmer/Kampuchean/Cam 89 85 93 100 100
Kiribati/Gilbertese 57 74 58 53 54
Korean 2,314 2,209 2,079 1,943 1,783
Kurd 43 40 32 35 32
Lao/Laotian 23 14 21 16 17
Latin American/Hispa 26 21 20 24 31
Latvian 1 1     1
Lebanese 7 6 3 6 4
Libyan 2        
Lithuanian 3 3 2 3 2
Macedonian 30 23 16 15 12
Malaitian 1        
Malay/Malayan 24 18 16 18 24
Malaysian Chinese 386 329 296 268 241
Maltese 1 2 3 3  
Mangaia Islander 3 1 3 1 1
Manihiki Islander 2   1    
Manx   2 1 1 1
Mauke Islander 1        
Mauritian 10 7 5 7 4
Mexican 7 9 11 5 6
Middle Eastern 74 84 75 76 70
Mixed 11,214 10,533 10,304 10,080 9,728
Moroccan 4 5 3 4 3
Nauru Islander       2 2
Nepalese 50 53 61 62 54
New Caledonian 1        
New Irelander 6 5   4 6
New Zealand European 31,878 26,162 23,293 21,339 20,281
New Zealand Maori 10,397 9,668 9,852 9,713 9,138
Nicaraguan 1 1 2    
Nigerian 1        
Niuean 271 241 235 209 181
North American India   1 2 2 1
Norwegian 3 2 1   2
Not Stated 46 39 31 33 26
Ocean Islander/Banab     1    
Omani 1        
Other 185 169 165 160 140
Other European 69 53 67 56 56
Other Pacific Island 58 47 74 64 61
Other Southeast Asia 43 48 67 77 67
Pakistani 174 141 125 128 135
Palestinian 12 12 7 8 9
Palmerston Islander 2     1 1
Papuan/NewGuinean/Ir 12 10 9 10 5
Penrhyn Islander 4 4 2 2  
Peruvian 17 18 12 8 12
Pitcairn Islander 1        
Polish 17 15 13 4 10
Portuguese 2 3 2 2 4
Puerto Rican 1        
Pukapuka Islander 4 7 4 4 1
Punjabi 41 34 41 51 66
Rakahanga Islander 2     2 1
Rarotongan 17 15 13 11 12
Romanian/Rumanian 28 28 16 22 17
Romany/Gypsy     1 3 2
Rotuman/Rotuman Isla 3 1 6 5 3
Russian 193 155 135 124 101
Samoan 3,188 2,875 2,703 2,762 2,515
Sardinian     3 4 2
Scottish (Scots) 34 26 28 23 22
Serb/Serbian 25 26 21 21 19
Seychelles Islander 1 1     1
Sikh 14 12 14 19 20
Singaporean Chinese 68 48 44 38 25
Sinhalese 30 27 35 28 27
Slavic/Slav 2 1      
Slovak 3 4 3 3 3
Slovene/Slovenian 5 5 3 5 3
Society Islander (in       2 1
Solomon Islander 7 10 7 9 11
Somali 37 30 37 34 37
South African 465 381 347 300 255
South American India   1 1 2 1
South Slav (formerly 1 1 1   1
Southeast Asian 34 32 39 46 47
Spanish 4 4 2 1 1
Sri Lankan 123 95 106 121 143
Sri Lankan Tamil 71 65 69 75 83
Swedish 6 8 7 7 8
Swiss 11 8 15 15 10
Syrian 1 4 5 5 4
Taiwanese Chinese 421 338 290 269 264
Tamil 10 7 10 15 10
Thai/Tai/Siamese 111 99 84 107 100
Tibetan 1   1    
Tokelauan 79 81 72 69 51
Tongan 1,591 1,477 1,400 1,342 1,267
Tunisian 1 1   2  
Turkish (incl Turkis 27 12 16 24 11
Tuvalu Islander/Elli 66 66 59 55 47
Ugandan     1    
Ukrainian 23 19 13 13 8
Unspecified 1,763 1,342 1,348 1,428 1,622
Uruguayan 9 8 5 6 2
Vanuatu Islander/New 1 2 2 2 3
Venezuelan 3 2 1    
Vietnamese 206 166 148 146 153
Vietnamese Chinese 27 24 18 16 17
Welsh 17 11 18 15 18
West Indian/Caribbea 6 5 3 1  
Yap Islander 2 1 1   1
Total 96,910 85,099 79,672 75,051 71,029
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