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 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Student Allowance 95,945 99,271 96,908 85,094 79,670
Accommodation 67,819 69,672 67,512 58,977 54,923
Total number 95,948 99,277 96,910 85,099 79,672
Total Student Allowance $556,787,764 $585,258,680 $577,883,694 $501,399,421 $476,437,569
Total Accommodation $80,773,869 $83,993,986 $82,444,203 $70,512,069 $66,713,958
Average Student Allowance $5,803 $5,896 $5,963 $5,892 $5,980
Average Accommodation $1,191 $1,206 $1,221 $1,196 $1,215

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 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
COE             2 0%    
COE/Wananga                 1 0%
Other 2,079 2% 2,056 2% 1,843 2% 1,660 2% 1,312 2%
Other/PTE 19 0% 27 0% 18 0% 17 0% 14 0%
Other/PTE/Wananga 1 0%         1 0%    
Other/Polytech 60 0% 67 0% 34 0% 38 0% 35 0%
Other/Polytech/University 2 0% 2 0% 1 0% 1 0%    
Other/University 73 0% 70 0% 34 0% 46 0% 32 0%
Other/Wananga 14 0% 21 0% 11 0% 14 0% 12 0%
PTE 14,410 15% 14,815 15% 14,063 15% 13,096 15% 13,163 17%
PTE/University 294 0% 373 0% 291 0% 279 0% 221 0%
PTE/University/Wananga 1 0%                
PTE/Wananga 126 0% 102 0% 83 0% 104 0% 74 0%
Polytech 24,947 26% 27,484 28% 27,778 29% 24,932 29% 23,811 30%
Polytech/PTE 367 0% 359 0% 327 0% 281 0% 271 0%
Polytech/PTE/University 4 0% 2 0% 2 0% 2 0% 2 0%
Polytech/PTE/Wananga 12 0% 3 0% 3 0% 4 0%    
Polytech/University 443 0% 491 0% 412 0% 326 0% 280 0%
Polytech/University/Wananga 2 0%                
Polytech/Wananga 122 0% 126 0% 151 0% 95 0% 91 0%
University 49,495 52% 49,567 50% 48,272 50% 40,729 48% 37,033 46%
University/Wananga 47 0% 32 0% 40 0% 20 0% 13 0%
Wananga 3,430 4% 3,680 4% 3,547 4% 3,452 4% 3,307 4%
Total 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100%

Allowances paid out by provider type

Allowance by provider type ($M) 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
COE       $436  
COE/Wananga         $7,177
Other $12,376,550 $10,496,400 $10,256,131 $9,670,112 $8,376,655
Other/PTE $140,348 $229,709 $140,465 $144,018 $112,323
Other/PTE/Wananga $9,895     $13,370  
Other/Polytech $433,400 $502,411 $288,654 $249,836 $272,980
Other/Polytech/University $15,924 $19,580 $7,235 $9,940  
Other/University $493,059 $540,219 $260,168 $351,508 $270,846
Other/Wananga $169,767 $301,475 $148,302 $189,342 $161,009
PTE $73,414,177 $77,487,399 $72,534,967 $67,458,667 $69,262,684
PTE/University $2,117,755 $2,582,044 $2,292,305 $2,079,931 $1,725,283
PTE/University/Wananga $7,706        
PTE/Wananga $1,535,486 $1,122,390 $793,066 $1,078,654 $773,531
Polytech $141,366,390 $159,383,759 $166,489,357 $149,679,921 $142,713,708
Polytech/PTE $3,121,043 $2,902,441 $2,580,701 $2,259,389 $2,202,247
Polytech/PTE/University $38,801 $14,795 $30,428 $6,207 $25,237
Polytech/PTE/Wananga $162,378 $30,072 $63,228 $57,389  
Polytech/University $3,118,341 $3,497,947 $2,931,493 $2,393,721 $2,113,159
Polytech/University/Wananga $14,017        
Polytech/Wananga $1,266,413 $1,285,437 $1,443,092 $959,030 $950,992
University $292,777,858 $298,331,304 $291,138,861 $238,381,409 $221,180,996
University/Wananga $450,414 $243,746 $344,384 $176,583 $120,828
Wananga $23,758,042 $26,287,552 $26,140,857 $26,239,957 $26,167,917
Total $556,787,764 $585,258,680 $577,883,694 $501,399,421 $476,437,569

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 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 20,970 22% 22,700 23% 22,401 23% 20,204 24% 19,310 24%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home (no accommodation benefit) - (3a)     1 0% 555 1% 425 0% 295 0%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 31,799 33% 32,661 33% 31,363 32% 26,733 31% 25,133 32%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 71 0% 2 0% 2 0% 2 0% 3 0%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 122 0% 6 0% 3 0% 11 0% 3 0%
24 years old and over at home allowance 3,391 4% 3,669 4% 3,723 4% 3,512 4% 3,318 4%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance (no accommodation benefit) - (5a)     3 0% 152 0% 157 0% 134 0%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 23,934 25% 24,933 25% 24,294 25% 20,803 24% 18,939 24%
25 years old and over at home allowance 13 0%             1 0%
25 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 133 0% 1 0% 4 0% 3 0%    
Both students but only one eligible for allowance (no accommodation benefit) 5 0% 4 0% 5 0% 2 0% 3 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance + accom 103 0% 81 0% 51 0% 54 0% 64 0%
Couple, both eligible students (no accommodation benefit) 24 0% 13 0% 16 0% 12 0% 13 0%
Couple, both eligible students plus an accommodation benefit 1,515 2% 1,297 1% 1,195 1% 1,023 1% 807 1%
Couple, one eligible student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 204 0% 142 0% 126 0% 127 0% 119 0%
Independent circumstances allowance + accommodation 2,078 2% 2,109 2% 1,942 2% 1,633 2% 1,553 2%
One student with dependent spouse allowance + accommodation 1 0% 1 0%         1 0%
One student with dependent spouse and 1 or more children + accommodation 2 0% 1 0% 1 0% 1 0%    
Single student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 2,243 2% 2,425 2% 2,377 2% 2,759 3% 3,513 4%
Student living at home with earning spouse 2,071 2% 2,100 2% 2,115 2% 1,918 2% 1,666 2%
Student living away from home with earning spouse (no accommodation benefit) 6 0% 6 0% 10 0% 12 0% 7 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse + accommodation 70 0% 70 0% 53 0% 55 0% 39 0%
Student with dependent partner (no accommodation benefit) 84 0% 72 0% 81 0% 49 0% 57 0%
Student with dependent partner plus an accommodation benefit 7,109 7% 6,980 7% 6,441 7% 5,604 7% 4,694 6%
Total 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100%

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 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
17 or less F 126 0% 89 0% 83 0% 50 0% 48 0%
M 92 0% 81 0% 48 0% 34 0% 38 0%
Total 218 0% 170 0% 131 0% 84 0% 86 0%
18 - 19 F 11,253 12% 11,306 11% 11,199 12% 9,795 12% 9,530 12%
M 8,862 9% 9,238 9% 8,881 9% 7,565 9% 7,449 9%
Total 20,115 21% 20,544 21% 20,080 21% 17,360 20% 16,979 21%
20 - 24 F 21,593 23% 23,195 23% 22,817 24% 20,090 24% 18,910 24%
M 17,862 19% 18,806 19% 18,470 19% 16,015 19% 14,645 18%
Total 39,455 41% 42,001 42% 41,287 43% 36,105 42% 33,555 42%
25 - 29 F 7,355 8% 7,766 8% 7,829 8% 6,796 8% 6,306 8%
M 8,269 9% 8,309 8% 8,090 8% 7,083 8% 6,383 8%
Total 15,624 16% 16,075 16% 15,919 16% 13,879 16% 12,689 16%
30 - 34 F 2,873 3% 2,993 3% 2,979 3% 2,657 3% 2,545 3%
M 3,433 4% 3,513 4% 3,344 3% 3,048 4% 2,583 3%
Total 6,306 7% 6,506 7% 6,323 7% 5,705 7% 5,128 6%
35 - 39 F 1,961 2% 1,889 2% 1,775 2% 1,636 2% 1,652 2%
M 2,134 2% 2,084 2% 1,942 2% 1,632 2% 1,523 2%
Total 4,095 4% 3,973 4% 3,717 4% 3,268 4% 3,175 4%
40 - 44 F 1,633 2% 1,709 2% 1,709 2% 1,618 2% 1,510 2%
M 1,518 2% 1,545 2% 1,391 1% 1,190 1% 1,005 1%
Total 3,151 3% 3,254 3% 3,100 3% 2,808 3% 2,515 3%
45 - 49 F 1,695 2% 1,612 2% 1,486 2% 1,367 2% 1,398 2%
M 1,131 1% 1,139 1% 1,058 1% 936 1% 790 1%
Total 2,826 3% 2,751 3% 2,544 3% 2,303 3% 2,188 3%
50 - 54 F 1,167 1% 1,145 1% 1,147 1% 1,093 1% 1,076 1%
M 740 1% 728 1% 761 1% 712 1% 667 1%
Total 1,907 2% 1,873 2% 1,908 2% 1,805 2% 1,743 2%
55 - 59 F 707 1% 692 1% 611 1% 625 1% 565 1%
M 490 1% 510 1% 468 0% 389 0% 343 0%
Total 1,197 1% 1,202 1% 1,079 1% 1,014 1% 908 1%
60 - 64 F 322 0% 310 0% 277 0% 287 0% 300 0%
M 327 0% 331 0% 314 0% 277 0% 263 0%
Total 649 1% 641 1% 591 1% 564 1% 563 1%
65 - 69 F 102 0% 74 0% 68 0% 54 0% 32 0%
M 139 0% 105 0% 108 0% 104 0% 79 0%
Total 241 0% 179 0% 176 0% 158 0% 111 0%
70 - 74 F 48 0% 34 0% 11 0% 9 0% 8 0%
M 74 0% 47 0% 23 0% 21 0% 17 0%
Total 122 0% 81 0% 34 0% 30 0% 25 0%
75 - 79 F 8 0% 5 0% 3 0% 3 0% 2 0%
M 26 0% 18 0% 12 0% 10 0% 5 0%
Total 34 0% 23 0% 15 0% 13 0% 7 0%
80 or over F 2 0% 3 0% 4 0% 2 0%    
M 6 0% 1 0% 2 0% 1 0%    
Total 8 0% 4 0% 6 0% 3 0%    
Total F 50,845 53% 52,822 53% 51,998 54% 46,082 54% 43,882 55%
M 45,103 47% 46,455 47% 44,912 46% 39,017 46% 35,790 45%
Total 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Citizen by birth 64,936 68% 67,624 68% 66,191 68% 58,515 69% 55,772 70%
Citizen 16,340 17% 16,432 17% 15,728 16% 13,314 16% 11,899 15%
Non-resident 2 0%                
Permanent resident 14,148 15% 14,676 15% 14,408 15% 12,670 15% 11,377 14%
Protected person             1 0% 5 0%
Refugee 522 1% 545 1% 583 1% 599 1% 619 1%
Total 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100%

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 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Civil union 81 0% 77 0% 69 0% 72 0% 56 0%
Defacto 3,573 4% 3,681 4% 3,547 4% 3,301 4% 2,945 4%
Married 9,022 9% 8,552 9% 7,921 8% 6,907 8% 5,734 7%
Single 83,263 87% 86,951 88% 85,363 88% 74,811 88% 70,923 89%
Unknown 9 0% 16 0% 10 0% 8 0% 14 0%
Total 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100%

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 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
European 46,435 48% 47,365 48% 45,022 46% 37,830 44% 34,274 43%
Maori 9,817 10% 10,368 10% 10,397 11% 9,668 11% 9,852 12%
Pacific peoples 6,283 7% 7,017 7% 7,388 8% 6,911 8% 6,638 8%
Asian 19,288 20% 19,196 19% 18,354 19% 16,263 19% 14,894 19%
Other 2,751 3% 2,818 3% 2,772 3% 2,552 3% 2,362 3%
European and Maori 5,111 5% 5,992 6% 6,034 6% 5,663 7% 5,613 7%
European and Pacific 1,195 1% 1,309 1% 1,331 1% 1,268 1% 1,129 1%
Maori and Pacific 593 1% 708 1% 735 1% 719 1% 766 1%
European and Asian 921 1% 1,045 1% 1,072 1% 942 1% 900 1%
Maori and Asian 60 0% 74 0% 71 0% 66 0% 65 0%
Pacific and Asian 146 0% 211 0% 223 0% 221 0% 211 0%
European and Other 577 1% 669 1% 661 1% 621 1% 554 1%
Maori and Other 39 0% 46 0% 53 0% 54 0% 68 0%
Pacific and Other 27 0% 25 0% 27 0% 32 0% 29 0%
Asian and Other 221 0% 282 0% 271 0% 242 0% 261 0%
3 ethnic groups 571 1% 637 1% 702 1% 678 1% 688 1%
4 ethnic groups 35 0% 29 0% 32 0% 25 0% 20 0%
All 5 ethnic groups 6 0% 3 0% 2 0% 2 0%    
Unspecified 1,872 2% 1,483 1% 1,763 2% 1,342 2% 1,348 2%
Total 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100%

Detailed distribution of Student Allowance recipients by ethnicity

From 2003 more detailed ethnicity data has been recorded.

Ethnicity details 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
European mixed 6,364 7,994 7,926 7,386 6,560
Pacific peoples mixed 691 899 932 919 909
Asian mixed 3,098 3,965 3,984 3,581 3,094
Other mixed 502 603 630 602 525
Admiralty Islander 94 102 120 118 115
Afghani 346 337 371 358 350
African 838 912 951 880 812
African American 7 4 7 2 4
Aitutaki Islander 27 26 27 15 21
Albanian 22 17 17 16 17
Algerian 4 5 4 1 1
American (US) 146 157 153 122 103
Arab 197 157 134 110 125
Argentinian 10 12 9 8 11
Armenian 7 6 6 6 3
Asian 1,074 928 841 681 612
Assyrian 52 46 44 34 28
Atiu Islander 4 2 2 6 4
Australian 415 382 353 294 279
Australian Aborigina 9 3 5 2 2
Austrian 11 16 10 6 11
Bangladeshi 95 73 75 58 47
Belau/PalauIslander 1        
Belgian 4 5 5 6 4
Bengali 14 16 10 12 8
Bismark Archipelagoa 1        
Bolivian 4 2   1 2
Brazilian 61 52 53 62 46
British 531 591 575 562 484
Bulgarian 16 12 21 15 10
Burgher 1     1 1
Burmese 79 83 101 111 93
Byelorussian 1 1 1 2 3
Canadian 56 60 72 47 49
Celtic 13 16 12 7 5
Central American Ind 1 1      
Channel Islander 1   1   2
Chilean 40 46 41 42 37
Chinese 6,400 5,720 4,972 4,162 3,718
Colombian 22 27 30 29 48
Cook Island Maori 638 671 727 744 762
Cornish 2     1 1
Corsican 7 3 2 3 2
Costa Rican 1        
Creole (Latin Americ   1      
Croat/Croatian 28 21 20 17 17
Cypriot Unspecified 1   2    
Czech 10 7 5 8 9
Dalmatian 1   1    
Danish 4 7 5 4 5
Dutch/Netherlands 128 118 112 94 75
Easter Islander 2        
Ecuadorian 1 3 4 2 3
Egyptian 57 53 48 42 46
English 484 450 452 342 358
Estonian       1 2
European 2,978 2,374 2,246 1,794 2,129
Falkland Islander/Ke 1        
Fijian (except Fiji 147 161 197 190 175
Fijian Indian/Indo-F 720 830 871 787 745
Filipino 483 599 700 707 716
Finnish 2 1 3 2 1
Flemish 2        
French 15 18 21 16 11
Gaelic 3 1 1 1  
German 99 93 89 70 66
Greek (incl Greek Cy 16 16 17 11 7
Greenlander 2        
Guatemalan     1    
Gujarati 70 59 71 70 80
Guyanese 4 3 2 1 1
Hawaiian 1        
Hong Kong Chinese 167 119 99 90 80
Hungarian 15 18 14 12 11
Icelander 2     1 1
Indian 1,891 1,839 1,788 1,611 1,508
Indonesian 85 83 83 73 75
Inuit/Eskimo   1      
Iranian/Persian 205 203 181 157 142
Iraqi 109 103 84 83 67
Irish 45 46 41 27 26
Israeli/Jewish/Hebre 29 22 18 13 17
Italian 5 10 17 13 11
Jamaican   3 2 1  
Japanese 137 132 123 113 106
Jordanian 8 7 6 5 8
Kampuchean Chinese 8 6 5 5 5
Kenyan   1 1 1 2
Khmer/Kampuchean/Cam 79 84 89 85 93
Kiribati/Gilbertese 36 52 57 74 58
Korean 2,437 2,342 2,314 2,209 2,079
Kurd 50 43 43 40 32
Lao/Laotian 21 21 23 14 21
Latin American/Hispa 23 17 26 21 20
Latvian 1 1 1 1  
Lebanese 5 8 7 6 3
Libyan 1 3 2    
Lithuanian 3 4 3 3 2
Macedonian 22 23 30 23 16
Malaitian 1 1 1    
Malay/Malayan 22 24 24 18 16
Malaysian Chinese 448 405 386 329 296
Maltese 3 1 1 2 3
Mangaia Islander 1 1 3 1 3
Manihiki Islander     2   1
Manx       2 1
Mauke Islander 1 1 1    
Mauritian 7 7 10 7 5
Mexican 9 6 7 9 11
Middle Eastern 77 71 74 84 75
Mitiaro Islander 2        
Mixed 9,502 11,030 11,214 10,533 10,304
Moroccan 5 3 4 5 3
Nauru Islander 1        
Nepalese 60 51 50 53 61
New Caledonian 2 2 1    
New Irelander 5 3 6 5  
New Zealand European 34,000 33,934 31,878 26,162 23,293
New Zealand Maori 9,817 10,368 10,397 9,668 9,852
Nicaraguan 3 2 1 1 2
Nigerian 1 2 1    
Niuean 219 225 271 241 235
North American India 1 2   1 2
Norwegian 1 1 3 2 1
Not Stated 78 54 46 39 31
Ocean Islander/Banab 3 2     1
Omani     1    
Orkney Islander   2      
Other 242 227 185 169 165
Other European 61 72 69 53 67
Other Pacific Island 45 40 58 47 74
Other Southeast Asia 32 42 43 48 67
Pakistani 171 180 174 141 125
Palestinian 9 10 12 12 7
Palmerston Islander 2 1 2    
Papuan/NewGuinean/Ir 8 13 12 10 9
Penrhyn Islander   2 4 4 2
Peruvian 18 21 17 18 12
Pitcairn Islander     1    
Polish 25 21 17 15 13
Portuguese   1 2 3 2
Puerto Rican 1 1 1    
Pukapuka Islander 2 5 4 7 4
Punjabi 50 46 41 34 41
Rakahanga Islander   1 2    
Rarotongan 17 9 17 15 13
Romanian/Rumanian 41 29 28 28 16
Romany/Gypsy         1
Rotuman/Rotuman Isla   1 3 1 6
Russian 228 227 193 155 135
Samoan 2,836 3,100 3,188 2,875 2,703
Sardinian         3
Scottish (Scots) 42 29 34 26 28
Serb/Serbian 32 33 25 26 21
Seychelles Islander   1 1 1  
Sikh 23 13 14 12 14
Singaporean Chinese 78 76 68 48 44
Sinhalese 42 34 30 27 35
Slavic/Slav 3 5 2 1  
Slovak 2 2 3 4 3
Slovene/Slovenian   2 5 5 3
Solomon Islander 11 7 7 10 7
Somali 39 35 37 30 37
South African 453 474 465 381 347
South American India       1 1
South Slav (formerly 3 2 1 1 1
Southeast Asian 31 28 34 32 39
Spanish 8 4 4 4 2
Sri Lankan 149 147 123 95 106
Sri Lankan Tamil 76 80 71 65 69
Swedish 7 6 6 8 7
Swiss 6 9 11 8 15
Syrian 2 2 1 4 5
Taiwanese Chinese 596 508 421 338 290
Tamil 11 6 10 7 10
Thai/Tai/Siamese 94 94 111 99 84
Tibetan   1 1   1
Tokelauan 73 84 79 81 72
Tongan 1,353 1,556 1,591 1,477 1,400
Tunisian 1 1 1 1  
Turkish (incl Turkis 15 22 27 12 16
Tuvalu Islander/Elli 50 47 66 66 59
Ugandan         1
Ukrainian 30 23 23 19 13
Unspecified 1,872 1,483 1,763 1,342 1,348
Uruguayan 4 5 9 8 5
Vanuatu Islander/New 1 1 1 2 2
Venezuelan 2 2 3 2 1
Vietnamese 173 195 206 166 148
Vietnamese Chinese 28 30 27 24 18
Welsh 24 18 17 11 18
West Indian/Caribbea 6 6 6 5 3
Yap Islander 1 1 2 1 1
Total 95,948 99,277 96,910 85,099 79,672

Last updated: 16 April 2015