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 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Student Allowance 99,271 96,908 85,094 79,670 75,050
Accommodation 69,672 67,512 58,977 54,923 50,560
Total number 99,277 96,910 85,099 79,672 75,051
Total Student Allowance $585,258,680 $577,883,694 $501,399,421 $476,437,569 $443,543,953
Total Accommodation $83,993,986 $82,444,203 $70,512,069 $66,713,958 $60,915,177
Average Student Allowance $5,896 $5,963 $5,892 $5,980 $5,910
Average Accommodation $1,206 $1,221 $1,196 $1,215 $1,205

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 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
COE         2 0%        
COE/Wananga             1 0%    
Other 2,056 2% 1,843 2% 1,660 2% 1,312 2% 1,227 2%
Other/PTE 27 0% 18 0% 17 0% 14 0% 20 0%
Other/PTE/Wananga         1 0%        
Other/Polytech 67 0% 34 0% 38 0% 35 0% 17 0%
Other/Polytech/University 2 0% 1 0% 1 0%        
Other/University 70 0% 34 0% 46 0% 32 0% 21 0%
Other/Wananga 21 0% 11 0% 14 0% 12 0% 19 0%
PTE 14,815 15% 14,063 15% 13,096 15% 13,163 17% 12,258 16%
PTE/University 373 0% 291 0% 279 0% 221 0% 182 0%
PTE/Wananga 102 0% 83 0% 104 0% 74 0% 62 0%
Polytech 27,484 28% 27,778 29% 24,932 29% 23,811 30% 22,783 30%
Polytech/PTE 359 0% 327 0% 281 0% 271 0% 263 0%
Polytech/PTE/University 2 0% 2 0% 2 0% 2 0% 2 0%
Polytech/PTE/Wananga 3 0% 3 0% 4 0%        
Polytech/University 491 0% 412 0% 326 0% 280 0% 255 0%
Polytech/Wananga 126 0% 151 0% 95 0% 91 0% 65 0%
University 49,567 50% 48,272 50% 40,729 48% 37,033 46% 34,689 46%
University/Wananga 32 0% 40 0% 20 0% 13 0% 21 0%
Wananga 3,680 4% 3,547 4% 3,452 4% 3,307 4% 3,167 4%
Total 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100%

Allowances paid out by provider type

Allowance by provider type ($) 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
COE     $436    
COE/Wananga       $7,177  
Other $10,496,400 $10,256,131 $9,670,112 $8,376,655 $7,715,924
Other/PTE $229,709 $140,465 $144,018 $112,323 $157,353
Other/PTE/Wananga     $13,370    
Other/Polytech $502,411 $288,654 $249,836 $272,980 $130,398
Other/Polytech/University $19,580 $7,235 $9,940    
Other/University $540,219 $260,168 $351,508 $270,846 $197,257
Other/Wananga $301,475 $148,302 $189,342 $161,009 $274,175
PTE $77,487,399 $72,534,967 $67,458,667 $69,262,684 $64,488,848
PTE/University $2,582,044 $2,292,305 $2,079,931 $1,725,283 $1,297,480
PTE/Wananga $1,122,390 $793,066 $1,078,654 $773,531 $649,388
Polytech $159,383,759 $166,489,357 $149,679,921 $142,713,708 $135,590,789
Polytech/PTE $2,902,441 $2,580,701 $2,259,389 $2,202,247 $1,954,264
Polytech/PTE/University $14,795 $30,428 $6,207 $25,237 $17,270
Polytech/PTE/Wananga $30,072 $63,228 $57,389    
Polytech/University $3,497,947 $2,931,493 $2,393,721 $2,113,159 $1,903,377
Polytech/Wananga $1,285,437 $1,443,092 $959,030 $950,992 $634,574
University $298,331,304 $291,138,861 $238,381,409 $221,180,996 $204,305,740
University/Wananga $243,746 $344,384 $176,583 $120,828 $156,871
Wananga $26,287,552 $26,140,857 $26,239,957 $26,167,917 $24,070,246
Total $585,258,680 $577,883,694 $501,399,421 $476,437,569 $443,543,953

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 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 22,700 23% 22,401 23% 20,204 24% 19,310 24% 18,094 24%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home (no accommodation benefit) - (3a) 1 0% 555 1% 425 0% 295 0% 307 0%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 32,661 33% 31,363 32% 26,733 31% 25,133 32% 23,364 31%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 2 0% 2 0% 2 0% 3 0%    
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 6 0% 3 0% 11 0% 3 0%    
24 years old and over at home allowance 3,669 4% 3,723 4% 3,512 4% 3,318 4% 3,327 4%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance (no accommodation benefit) - (5a) 3 0% 152 0% 157 0% 134 0% 164 0%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 24,933 25% 24,294 25% 20,803 24% 18,939 24% 17,566 23%
25 years old and over at home allowance             1 0%    
25 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 1 0% 4 0% 3 0%        
Both students but only one eligible for allowance (no accommodation benefit) 4 0% 5 0% 2 0% 3 0% 5 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance + accom 81 0% 51 0% 54 0% 64 0% 72 0%
Couple, both eligible students (no accommodation benefit) 13 0% 16 0% 12 0% 13 0% 14 0%
Couple, both eligible students plus an accommodation benefit 1,297 1% 1,195 1% 1,023 1% 807 1% 684 1%
Couple, one eligible student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 142 0% 126 0% 127 0% 119 0% 91 0%
Independent circumstances allowance + accommodation 2,109 2% 1,942 2% 1,633 2% 1,553 2% 1,580 2%
One student with dependent spouse allowance + accommodation 1 0%         1 0%    
One student with dependent spouse and 1 or more children + accommodation 1 0% 1 0% 1 0%        
Single student with child allowance                 353 0%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for more than one child                 370 0%
Single student with child allowance + accommodation benefit for one child                 494 1%
Single student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 2,425 2% 2,377 2% 2,759 3% 3,513 4% 2,814 4%
Student living at home with earning spouse 2,100 2% 2,115 2% 1,918 2% 1,666 2% 1,633 2%
Student living away from home with earning spouse (no accommodation benefit) 6 0% 10 0% 12 0% 7 0% 6 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse + accommodation 70 0% 53 0% 55 0% 39 0% 42 0%
Student with dependent partner (no accommodation benefit) 72 0% 81 0% 49 0% 57 0% 58 0%
Student with dependent partner plus an accommodation benefit 6,980 7% 6,441 7% 5,604 7% 4,694 6% 4,013 5%
Total 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100%

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 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
17 or less F 89 0% 83 0% 50 0% 48 0% 53 0%
M 81 0% 48 0% 34 0% 38 0% 32 0%
Total 170 0% 131 0% 84 0% 86 0% 85 0%
18 - 19 F 11,306 11% 11,199 12% 9,795 12% 9,530 12% 8,985 12%
M 9,238 9% 8,881 9% 7,565 9% 7,449 9% 6,855 9%
Total 20,544 21% 20,080 21% 17,360 20% 16,979 21% 15,840 21%
20 - 24 F 23,195 23% 22,817 24% 20,090 24% 18,910 24% 17,940 24%
M 18,806 19% 18,470 19% 16,015 19% 14,645 18% 13,611 18%
Total 42,001 42% 41,287 43% 36,105 42% 33,555 42% 31,551 42%
25 - 29 F 7,766 8% 7,829 8% 6,796 8% 6,306 8% 6,305 8%
M 8,309 8% 8,090 8% 7,083 8% 6,383 8% 6,215 8%
Total 16,075 16% 15,919 16% 13,879 16% 12,689 16% 12,520 17%
30 - 34 F 2,993 3% 2,979 3% 2,657 3% 2,545 3% 2,585 3%
M 3,513 4% 3,344 3% 3,048 4% 2,583 3% 2,341 3%
Total 6,506 7% 6,323 7% 5,705 7% 5,128 6% 4,926 7%
35 - 39 F 1,889 2% 1,775 2% 1,636 2% 1,652 2% 1,641 2%
M 2,084 2% 1,942 2% 1,632 2% 1,523 2% 1,320 2%
Total 3,973 4% 3,717 4% 3,268 4% 3,175 4% 2,961 4%
40 - 44 F 1,709 2% 1,709 2% 1,618 2% 1,510 2% 1,388 2%
M 1,545 2% 1,391 1% 1,190 1% 1,005 1% 845 1%
Total 3,254 3% 3,100 3% 2,808 3% 2,515 3% 2,233 3%
45 - 49 F 1,612 2% 1,486 2% 1,367 2% 1,398 2% 1,303 2%
M 1,139 1% 1,058 1% 936 1% 790 1% 648 1%
Total 2,751 3% 2,544 3% 2,303 3% 2,188 3% 1,951 3%
50 - 54 F 1,145 1% 1,147 1% 1,093 1% 1,076 1% 1,029 1%
M 728 1% 761 1% 712 1% 667 1% 495 1%
Total 1,873 2% 1,908 2% 1,805 2% 1,743 2% 1,524 2%
55 - 59 F 692 1% 611 1% 625 1% 565 1% 533 1%
M 510 1% 468 0% 389 0% 343 0% 302 0%
Total 1,202 1% 1,079 1% 1,014 1% 908 1% 835 1%
60 - 64 F 310 0% 277 0% 287 0% 300 0% 312 0%
M 331 0% 314 0% 277 0% 263 0% 267 0%
Total 641 1% 591 1% 564 1% 563 1% 579 1%
65 - 69 F 74 0% 68 0% 54 0% 32 0% 16 0%
M 105 0% 108 0% 104 0% 79 0% 28 0%
Total 179 0% 176 0% 158 0% 111 0% 44 0%
70 - 74 F 34 0% 11 0% 9 0% 8 0% 1 0%
M 47 0% 23 0% 21 0% 17 0% 1 0%
Total 81 0% 34 0% 30 0% 25 0% 2 0%
75 - 79 F 5 0% 3 0% 3 0% 2 0%    
M 18 0% 12 0% 10 0% 5 0%    
Total 23 0% 15 0% 13 0% 7 0%    
80 or over F 3 0% 4 0% 2 0%        
M 1 0% 2 0% 1 0%        
Total 4 0% 6 0% 3 0%        
Total F 52,822 53% 51,998 54% 46,082 54% 43,882 55% 42,091 56%
M 46,455 47% 44,912 46% 39,017 46% 35,790 45% 32,960 44%
Total 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Citizen by birth 67,624 68% 66,191 68% 58,515 69% 55,772 70% 53,441 71%
Citizen 16,432 17% 15,728 16% 13,314 16% 11,899 15% 10,997 15%
Permanent resident 14,676 15% 14,408 15% 12,670 15% 11,377 14% 10,002 13%
Protected person         1 0% 5 0% 8 0%
Refugee 545 1% 583 1% 599 1% 619 1% 603 1%
Total 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100%

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 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Civil union 77 0% 69 0% 72 0% 56 0% 45 0%
Defacto 3,681 4% 3,547 4% 3,301 4% 2,945 4% 2,899 4%
Married 8,552 9% 7,921 8% 6,907 8% 5,734 7% 4,851 6%
Single 86,951 88% 85,363 88% 74,811 88% 70,923 89% 67,241 90%
Unknown 16 0% 10 0% 8 0% 14 0% 15 0%
Total 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100%

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 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
European 47,365 48% 45,022 46% 37,830 44% 34,274 43% 31,285 42%
Maori 10,368 10% 10,397 11% 9,668 11% 9,852 12% 9,713 13%
Pacific peoples 7,017 7% 7,388 8% 6,911 8% 6,638 8% 6,497 9%
Asian 19,196 19% 18,354 19% 16,263 19% 14,894 19% 13,751 18%
Other 2,818 3% 2,772 3% 2,552 3% 2,362 3% 2,297 3%
European and Maori 5,992 6% 6,034 6% 5,663 7% 5,613 7% 5,398 7%
European and Pacific 1,309 1% 1,331 1% 1,268 1% 1,129 1% 1,169 2%
Maori and Pacific 708 1% 735 1% 719 1% 766 1% 806 1%
European and Asian 1,045 1% 1,072 1% 942 1% 900 1% 906 1%
Maori and Asian 74 0% 71 0% 66 0% 65 0% 76 0%
Pacific and Asian 211 0% 223 0% 221 0% 211 0% 195 0%
European and Other 669 1% 661 1% 621 1% 554 1% 464 1%
Maori and Other 46 0% 53 0% 54 0% 68 0% 74 0%
Pacific and Other 25 0% 27 0% 32 0% 29 0% 32 0%
Asian and Other 282 0% 271 0% 242 0% 261 0% 235 0%
3 ethnic groups 637 1% 702 1% 678 1% 688 1% 698 1%
4 ethnic groups 29 0% 32 0% 25 0% 20 0% 24 0%
All 5 ethnic groups 3 0% 2 0% 2 0%     3 0%
Unspecified 1,483 1% 1,763 2% 1,342 2% 1,348 2% 1,428 2%
Total 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100% 79,672 100% 75,051 100%

Detailed distribution of Student Allowance recipients by ethnicity

From 2003 more detailed ethnicity data has been recorded.

Ethnicity details 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
European mixed 7,994 7,926 7,386 6,560 5,713
Pacific peoples mixed 899 932 919 909 835
Asian mixed 3,965 3,984 3,581 3,094 2,531
Other mixed 603 630 602 525 457
Admiralty Islander 102 120 118 115 123
Afghani 337 371 358 350 376
African 912 951 880 812 802
African American 4 7 2 4 2
Aitutaki Islander 26 27 15 21 9
Albanian 17 17 16 17 16
Algerian 5 4 1 1  
American (US) 157 153 122 103 83
Arab 157 134 110 125 106
Argentinian 12 9 8 11 14
Armenian 6 6 6 3 3
Asian 928 841 681 612 611
Assyrian 46 44 34 28 25
Atiu Islander 2 2 6 4 2
Australian 382 353 294 279 227
Australian Aborigina 3 5 2 2 1
Austrian 16 10 6 11 12
Bangladeshi 73 75 58 47 39
Belau/PalauIslander         1
Belgian 5 5 6 4 7
Bengali 16 10 12 8 7
Bolivian 2   1 2 3
Brazilian 52 53 62 46 53
British 591 575 562 484 478
Bulgarian 12 21 15 10 10
Burgher     1 1 1
Burmese 83 101 111 93 90
Byelorussian 1 1 2 3 2
Canadian 60 72 47 49 41
Celtic 16 12 7 5 5
Central American Ind 1       1
Channel Islander   1   2 2
Chilean 46 41 42 37 36
Chinese 5,720 4,972 4,162 3,718 3,386
Colombian 27 30 29 48 59
Cook Island Maori 671 727 744 762 757
Cornish     1 1  
Corsican 3 2 3 2 2
Creole (Latin Americ 1        
Croat/Croatian 21 20 17 17 11
Cypriot Unspecified   2      
Czech 7 5 8 9 8
Dalmatian   1     1
Danish 7 5 4 5 5
Dutch/Netherlands 118 112 94 75 76
Ecuadorian 3 4 2 3 1
Egyptian 53 48 42 46 46
English 450 452 342 358 352
Estonian     1 2 2
European 2,374 2,246 1,794 2,129 2,112
Fijian (except Fiji 161 197 190 175 160
Fijian Indian/Indo-F 830 871 787 745 743
Filipino 599 700 707 716 675
Finnish 1 3 2 1 1
French 18 21 16 11 12
Gaelic 1 1 1    
German 93 89 70 66 72
Greek (incl Greek Cy 16 17 11 7 7
Guatemalan   1     2
Gujarati 59 71 70 80 86
Guyanese 3 2 1 1  
Hong Kong Chinese 119 99 90 80 74
Hungarian 18 14 12 11 9
Icelander     1 1  
Indian 1,839 1,788 1,611 1,508 1,409
Indonesian 83 83 73 75 76
Inuit/Eskimo 1        
Iranian/Persian 203 181 157 142 150
Iraqi 103 84 83 67 73
Irish 46 41 27 26 29
Israeli/Jewish/Hebre 22 18 13 17 19
Italian 10 17 13 11 7
Jamaican 3 2 1    
Japanese 132 123 113 106 100
Jordanian 7 6 5 8 4
Kampuchean Chinese 6 5 5 5 5
Kenyan 1 1 1 2 2
Khmer/Kampuchean/Cam 84 89 85 93 100
Kiribati/Gilbertese 52 57 74 58 53
Korean 2,342 2,314 2,209 2,079 1,943
Kurd 43 43 40 32 35
Lao/Laotian 21 23 14 21 16
Latin American/Hispa 17 26 21 20 24
Latvian 1 1 1    
Lebanese 8 7 6 3 6
Libyan 3 2      
Lithuanian 4 3 3 2 3
Macedonian 23 30 23 16 15
Malaitian 1 1      
Malay/Malayan 24 24 18 16 18
Malaysian Chinese 405 386 329 296 268
Maltese 1 1 2 3 3
Mangaia Islander 1 3 1 3 1
Manihiki Islander   2   1  
Manx     2 1 1
Mauke Islander 1 1      
Mauritian 7 10 7 5 7
Mexican 6 7 9 11 5
Middle Eastern 71 74 84 75 76
Mixed 11,030 11,214 10,533 10,304 10,080
Moroccan 3 4 5 3 4
Nauru Islander         2
Nepalese 51 50 53 61 62
New Caledonian 2 1      
New Irelander 3 6 5   4
New Zealand European 33,934 31,878 26,162 23,293 21,339
New Zealand Maori 10,368 10,397 9,668 9,852 9,713
Nicaraguan 2 1 1 2  
Nigerian 2 1      
Niuean 225 271 241 235 209
North American India 2   1 2 2
Norwegian 1 3 2 1  
Not Stated 54 46 39 31 33
Ocean Islander/Banab 2     1  
Omani   1      
Orkney Islander 2        
Other 227 185 169 165 160
Other European 72 69 53 67 56
Other Pacific Island 40 58 47 74 64
Other Southeast Asia 42 43 48 67 77
Pakistani 180 174 141 125 128
Palestinian 10 12 12 7 8
Palmerston Islander 1 2     1
Papuan/NewGuinean/Ir 13 12 10 9 10
Penrhyn Islander 2 4 4 2 2
Peruvian 21 17 18 12 8
Pitcairn Islander   1      
Polish 21 17 15 13 4
Portuguese 1 2 3 2 2
Puerto Rican 1 1      
Pukapuka Islander 5 4 7 4 4
Punjabi 46 41 34 41 51
Rakahanga Islander 1 2     2
Rarotongan 9 17 15 13 11
Romanian/Rumanian 29 28 28 16 22
Romany/Gypsy       1 3
Rotuman/Rotuman Isla 1 3 1 6 5
Russian 227 193 155 135 124
Samoan 3,100 3,188 2,875 2,703 2,762
Sardinian       3 4
Scottish (Scots) 29 34 26 28 23
Serb/Serbian 33 25 26 21 21
Seychelles Islander 1 1 1    
Sikh 13 14 12 14 19
Singaporean Chinese 76 68 48 44 38
Sinhalese 34 30 27 35 28
Slavic/Slav 5 2 1    
Slovak 2 3 4 3 3
Slovene/Slovenian 2 5 5 3 5
Society Islander (in         2
Solomon Islander 7 7 10 7 9
Somali 35 37 30 37 34
South African 474 465 381 347 300
South American India     1 1 2
South Slav (formerly 2 1 1 1  
Southeast Asian 28 34 32 39 46
Spanish 4 4 4 2 1
Sri Lankan 147 123 95 106 121
Sri Lankan Tamil 80 71 65 69 75
Swedish 6 6 8 7 7
Swiss 9 11 8 15 15
Syrian 2 1 4 5 5
Taiwanese Chinese 508 421 338 290 269
Tamil 6 10 7 10 15
Thai/Tai/Siamese 94 111 99 84 107
Tibetan 1 1   1  
Tokelauan 84 79 81 72 69
Tongan 1,556 1,591 1,477 1,400 1,342
Tunisian 1 1 1   2
Turkish (incl Turkis 22 27 12 16 24
Tuvalu Islander/Elli 47 66 66 59 55
Ugandan       1  
Ukrainian 23 23 19 13 13
Unspecified 1,483 1,763 1,342 1,348 1,428
Uruguayan 5 9 8 5 6
Vanuatu Islander/New 1 1 2 2 2
Venezuelan 2 3 2 1  
Vietnamese 195 206 166 148 146
Vietnamese Chinese 30 27 24 18 16
Welsh 18 17 11 18 15
West Indian/Caribbea 6 6 5 3 1
Yap Islander 1 2 1 1  
Total 99,277 96,910 85,099 79,672 75,051

Last updated: 16 April 2015