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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 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Student Allowance 82,633 95,945 99,271 96,908 85,094
Accommodation 57,976 67,819 69,672 67,512 58,977
Total number 82,638 95,948 99,277 96,910 85,099
Total Student Allowance $472,150,707 $556,787,764 $585,258,680 $577,883,694 $501,399,421
Total Accommodation $67,910,653 $80,773,869 $83,993,986 $82,444,203 $70,512,069
Average Student Allowance $5,714 $5,803 $5,896 $5,963 $5,892
Average Accommodation $1,171 $1,191 $1,206 $1,221 $1,196

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 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
COE                 2 0%
Other 2,006 2% 2,079 2% 2,056 2% 1,843 2% 1,660 2%
Other/PTE 18 0% 19 0% 27 0% 18 0% 17 0%
Other/PTE/Wananga     1 0%         1 0%
Other/Polytech 47 0% 60 0% 67 0% 34 0% 38 0%
Other/Polytech/PTE 1 0%                
Other/Polytech/University 1 0% 2 0% 2 0% 1 0% 1 0%
Other/Polytech/Wananga 2 0%                
Other/University 80 0% 73 0% 70 0% 34 0% 46 0%
Other/Wananga 6 0% 14 0% 21 0% 11 0% 14 0%
PTE 12,685 15% 14,410 15% 14,815 15% 14,063 15% 13,096 15%
PTE/University 294 0% 294 0% 373 0% 291 0% 279 0%
PTE/University/Wananga     1 0%            
PTE/Wananga 103 0% 126 0% 102 0% 83 0% 104 0%
Polytech 20,607 25% 24,947 26% 27,484 28% 27,778 29% 24,932 29%
Polytech/PTE 313 0% 367 0% 359 0% 327 0% 281 0%
Polytech/PTE/University 5 0% 4 0% 2 0% 2 0% 2 0%
Polytech/PTE/Wananga 10 0% 12 0% 3 0% 3 0% 4 0%
Polytech/University 314 0% 443 0% 491 0% 412 0% 326 0%
Polytech/University/Wananga 2 0% 2 0%            
Polytech/Wananga 125 0% 122 0% 126 0% 151 0% 95 0%
University 43,467 53% 49,495 52% 49,567 50% 48,272 50% 40,729 48%
University/Wananga 37 0% 47 0% 32 0% 40 0% 20 0%
Wananga 2,515 3% 3,430 4% 3,680 4% 3,547 4% 3,452 4%
Total 82,638 100% 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100%

Allowances paid out by provider type

Allowance by provider type ($M) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
COE         $436
Other $10,845,675 $12,376,550 $10,496,400 $10,256,131 $9,670,112
Other/PTE $167,552 $140,348 $229,709 $140,465 $144,018
Other/PTE/Wananga   $9,895     $13,370
Other/Polytech $369,271 $433,400 $502,411 $288,654 $249,836
Other/Polytech/PTE $15,135        
Other/Polytech/University $744 $15,924 $19,580 $7,235 $9,940
Other/Polytech/Wananga $26,076        
Other/University $542,949 $493,059 $540,219 $260,168 $351,508
Other/Wananga $68,886 $169,767 $301,475 $148,302 $189,342
PTE $63,714,326 $73,414,177 $77,487,399 $72,534,967 $67,458,667
PTE/University $2,144,547 $2,117,755 $2,582,044 $2,292,305 $2,079,931
PTE/University/Wananga   $7,706      
PTE/Wananga $1,153,779 $1,535,486 $1,122,390 $793,066 $1,078,654
Polytech $116,203,106 $141,366,390 $159,383,759 $166,489,357 $149,679,921
Polytech/PTE $2,579,682 $3,121,043 $2,902,441 $2,580,701 $2,259,389
Polytech/PTE/University $25,628 $38,801 $14,795 $30,428 $6,207
Polytech/PTE/Wananga $147,702 $162,378 $30,072 $63,228 $57,389
Polytech/University $2,372,804 $3,118,341 $3,497,947 $2,931,493 $2,393,721
Polytech/University/Wananga $31,044 $14,017      
Polytech/Wananga $1,302,451 $1,266,413 $1,285,437 $1,443,092 $959,030
University $253,768,751 $292,777,858 $298,331,304 $291,138,861 $238,381,409
University/Wananga $320,574 $450,414 $243,746 $344,384 $176,583
Wananga $16,350,026 $23,758,042 $26,287,552 $26,140,857 $26,239,957
Total $472,150,707 $556,787,764 $585,258,680 $577,883,694 $501,399,421

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 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 17,759 21% 20,970 22% 22,700 23% 22,401 23% 20,204 24%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home (no accommodation benefit) - (3a)         1 0% 555 1% 425 0%
16-23 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 25,806 31% 31,799 33% 32,661 33% 31,363 32% 26,733 31%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance at home 521 1% 71 0% 2 0% 2 0% 2 0%
16-24 years old parentally income tested allowance away from home + accommodation 1,066 1% 122 0% 6 0% 3 0% 11 0%
24 years old and over at home allowance 3,346 4% 3,391 4% 3,669 4% 3,723 4% 3,512 4%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance (no accommodation benefit) - (5a)         3 0% 152 0% 157 0%
24 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 19,441 24% 23,934 25% 24,933 25% 24,294 25% 20,803 24%
25 years old and over at home allowance 110 0% 13 0%            
25 years old and over, away from home allowance + accommodation 808 1% 133 0% 1 0% 4 0% 3 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance (no accommodation benefit) 8 0% 5 0% 4 0% 5 0% 2 0%
Both students but only one eligible for allowance + accom 88 0% 103 0% 81 0% 51 0% 54 0%
Couple, both eligible students (no accommodation benefit) 29 0% 24 0% 13 0% 16 0% 12 0%
Couple, both eligible students plus an accommodation benefit 1,387 2% 1,515 2% 1,297 1% 1,195 1% 1,023 1%
Couple, one eligible student with child(ren) plus an accommodation benefit 180 0% 204 0% 142 0% 126 0% 127 0%
Independent circumstances allowance + accommodation 2,205 3% 2,078 2% 2,109 2% 1,942 2% 1,633 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 1,868 2% 2,243 2% 2,425 2% 2,377 2% 2,759 3%
Student living at home with earning spouse 1,627 2% 2,071 2% 2,100 2% 2,115 2% 1,918 2%
Student living away from home with earning spouse (no accommodation benefit) 10 0% 6 0% 6 0% 10 0% 12 0%
Student living away from home with earning spouse + accommodation 62 0% 70 0% 70 0% 53 0% 55 0%
Student with dependent partner (no accommodation benefit) 85 0% 84 0% 72 0% 81 0% 49 0%
Student with dependent partner plus an accommodation benefit 6,231 8% 7,109 7% 6,980 7% 6,441 7% 5,604 7%
Total 82,638 100% 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100%

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 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
17 or less F 157 0% 126 0% 89 0% 83 0% 50 0%
M 105 0% 92 0% 81 0% 48 0% 34 0%
Total 262 0% 218 0% 170 0% 131 0% 84 0%
18 - 19 F 10,196 12% 11,253 12% 11,306 11% 11,199 12% 9,795 12%
M 8,011 10% 8,862 9% 9,238 9% 8,881 9% 7,565 9%
Total 18,207 22% 20,115 21% 20,544 21% 20,080 21% 17,360 20%
20 - 24 F 17,932 22% 21,593 23% 23,195 23% 22,817 24% 20,090 24%
M 14,810 18% 17,862 19% 18,806 19% 18,470 19% 16,015 19%
Total 32,742 40% 39,455 41% 42,001 42% 41,287 43% 36,105 42%
25 - 29 F 6,094 7% 7,355 8% 7,766 8% 7,829 8% 6,796 8%
M 6,990 8% 8,269 9% 8,309 8% 8,090 8% 7,083 8%
Total 13,084 16% 15,624 16% 16,075 16% 15,919 16% 13,879 16%
30 - 34 F 2,552 3% 2,873 3% 2,993 3% 2,979 3% 2,657 3%
M 3,046 4% 3,433 4% 3,513 4% 3,344 3% 3,048 4%
Total 5,598 7% 6,306 7% 6,506 7% 6,323 7% 5,705 7%
35 - 39 F 1,771 2% 1,961 2% 1,889 2% 1,775 2% 1,636 2%
M 1,981 2% 2,134 2% 2,084 2% 1,942 2% 1,632 2%
Total 3,752 5% 4,095 4% 3,973 4% 3,717 4% 3,268 4%
40 - 44 F 1,483 2% 1,633 2% 1,709 2% 1,709 2% 1,618 2%
M 1,410 2% 1,518 2% 1,545 2% 1,391 1% 1,190 1%
Total 2,893 4% 3,151 3% 3,254 3% 3,100 3% 2,808 3%
45 - 49 F 1,508 2% 1,695 2% 1,612 2% 1,486 2% 1,367 2%
M 1,034 1% 1,131 1% 1,139 1% 1,058 1% 936 1%
Total 2,542 3% 2,826 3% 2,751 3% 2,544 3% 2,303 3%
50 - 54 F 1,020 1% 1,167 1% 1,145 1% 1,147 1% 1,093 1%
M 645 1% 740 1% 728 1% 761 1% 712 1%
Total 1,665 2% 1,907 2% 1,873 2% 1,908 2% 1,805 2%
55 - 59 F 603 1% 707 1% 692 1% 611 1% 625 1%
M 391 0% 490 1% 510 1% 468 0% 389 0%
Total 994 1% 1,197 1% 1,202 1% 1,079 1% 1,014 1%
60 - 64 F 271 0% 322 0% 310 0% 277 0% 287 0%
M 282 0% 327 0% 331 0% 314 0% 277 0%
Total 553 1% 649 1% 641 1% 591 1% 564 1%
65 - 69 F 98 0% 102 0% 74 0% 68 0% 54 0%
M 116 0% 139 0% 105 0% 108 0% 104 0%
Total 214 0% 241 0% 179 0% 176 0% 158 0%
70 - 74 F 37 0% 48 0% 34 0% 11 0% 9 0%
M 66 0% 74 0% 47 0% 23 0% 21 0%
Total 103 0% 122 0% 81 0% 34 0% 30 0%
75 - 79 F 5 0% 8 0% 5 0% 3 0% 3 0%
M 18 0% 26 0% 18 0% 12 0% 10 0%
Total 23 0% 34 0% 23 0% 15 0% 13 0%
80 or over F 1 0% 2 0% 3 0% 4 0% 2 0%
M 5 0% 6 0% 1 0% 2 0% 1 0%
Total 6 0% 8 0% 4 0% 6 0% 3 0%
Total F 43,728 53% 50,845 53% 52,822 53% 51,998 54% 46,082 54%
M 38,910 47% 45,103 47% 46,455 47% 44,912 46% 39,017 46%
Total 82,638 100% 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100%

Distribution of Student Allowance recipients by residential status

Residential status 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Citizen by birth 55,083 67% 64,936 68% 67,624 68% 66,191 68% 58,515 69%
Citizen 14,809 18% 16,340 17% 16,432 17% 15,728 16% 13,314 16%
Non-resident     2 0%            
Permanent resident 12,306 15% 14,148 15% 14,676 15% 14,408 15% 12,670 15%
Protected person                 1 0%
Refugee 440 1% 522 1% 545 1% 583 1% 599 1%
Total 82,638 100% 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100%

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 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Civil union 100 0% 81 0% 77 0% 69 0% 72 0%
Defacto 2,906 4% 3,573 4% 3,681 4% 3,547 4% 3,301 4%
Married 8,103 10% 9,022 9% 8,552 9% 7,921 8% 6,907 8%
Single 71,521 87% 83,263 87% 86,951 88% 85,363 88% 74,811 88%
Unknown 8 0% 9 0% 16 0% 10 0% 8 0%
Total 82,638 100% 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100%

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 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
European 39,929 48% 46,435 48% 47,365 48% 45,022 46% 37,830 44%
Maori 8,953 11% 9,817 10% 10,368 10% 10,397 11% 9,668 11%
Pacific peoples 5,195 6% 6,283 7% 7,017 7% 7,388 8% 6,911 8%
Asian 17,761 21% 19,288 20% 19,196 19% 18,354 19% 16,263 19%
Other 2,570 3% 2,751 3% 2,818 3% 2,772 3% 2,552 3%
European and Maori 3,030 4% 5,111 5% 5,992 6% 6,034 6% 5,663 7%
European and Pacific 795 1% 1,195 1% 1,309 1% 1,331 1% 1,268 1%
Maori and Pacific 277 0% 593 1% 708 1% 735 1% 719 1%
European and Asian 670 1% 921 1% 1,045 1% 1,072 1% 942 1%
Maori and Asian 35 0% 60 0% 74 0% 71 0% 66 0%
Pacific and Asian 89 0% 146 0% 211 0% 223 0% 221 0%
European and Other 295 0% 577 1% 669 1% 661 1% 621 1%
Maori and Other 19 0% 39 0% 46 0% 53 0% 54 0%
Pacific and Other 15 0% 27 0% 25 0% 27 0% 32 0%
Asian and Other 81 0% 221 0% 282 0% 271 0% 242 0%
3 ethnic groups 328 0% 571 1% 637 1% 702 1% 678 1%
4 ethnic groups 32 0% 35 0% 29 0% 32 0% 25 0%
All 5 ethnic groups 13 0% 6 0% 3 0% 2 0% 2 0%
Unspecified 2,551 3% 1,872 2% 1,483 1% 1,763 2% 1,342 2%
Total 82,638 100% 95,948 100% 99,277 100% 96,910 100% 85,099 100%

Detailed distribution of Student Allowance recipients by ethnicity

From 2003 more detailed ethnicity data has been recorded.

Ethnicity details 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
European mixed 2,486 6,364 7,994 7,926 7,386
Pacific peoples mixed 263 691 899 932 919
Asian mixed 1,088 3,098 3,965 3,984 3,581
Other mixed 246 502 603 630 602
Admiralty Islander 38 94 102 120 118
Afghani 352 346 337 371 358
African 738 838 912 951 880
African American 24 7 4 7 2
Aitutaki Islander 26 27 26 27 15
Albanian 25 22 17 17 16
Algerian 11 4 5 4 1
American (US) 139 146 157 153 122
Arab 247 197 157 134 110
Argentinian 7 10 12 9 8
Armenian 6 7 6 6 6
Asian 893 1,074 928 841 681
Assyrian 51 52 46 44 34
Atiu Islander 2 4 2 2 6
Australian 369 415 382 353 294
Australian Aborigina 7 9 3 5 2
Austrian 16 11 16 10 6
Bangladeshi 77 95 73 75 58
Belau/PalauIslander 1 1      
Belgian 6 4 5 5 6
Bengali 16 14 16 10 12
Bismark Archipelagoa   1      
Bolivian 2 4 2   1
Bougainvillean 1        
Brazilian 37 61 52 53 62
British 438 531 591 575 562
Bulgarian 17 16 12 21 15
Burgher   1     1
Burmese 87 79 83 101 111
Byelorussian 2 1 1 1 2
Canadian 60 56 60 72 47
Celtic 21 13 16 12 7
Central American Ind   1 1    
Channel Islander 3 1   1  
Chilean 31 40 46 41 42
Chinese 6,584 6,400 5,720 4,972 4,162
Colombian 14 22 27 30 29
Cook Island Maori 597 638 671 727 744
Cornish 2 2     1
Corsican 11 7 3 2 3
Costa Rican 1 1      
Creole (Latin Americ     1    
Creole (US) 2        
Croat/Croatian 25 28 21 20 17
Cypriot Unspecified 2 1   2  
Czech 10 10 7 5 8
Dalmatian 2 1   1  
Danish 12 4 7 5 4
Dutch/Netherlands 127 128 118 112 94
Easter Islander 3 2      
Ecuadorian 3 1 3 4 2
Egyptian 72 57 53 48 42
English 579 484 450 452 342
Estonian         1
European 3,961 2,978 2,374 2,246 1,794
Falkland Islander/Ke 2 1      
Fijian (except Fiji 118 147 161 197 190
Fijian Indian/Indo-F 601 720 830 871 787
Filipino 372 483 599 700 707
Finnish 3 2 1 3 2
Flemish   2      
French 13 15 18 21 16
Gaelic 3 3 1 1 1
German 91 99 93 89 70
Greek (incl Greek Cy 16 16 16 17 11
Greenlander 1 2      
Guadalcanalian 1        
Guatemalan 1     1  
Gujarati 59 70 59 71 70
Guyanese   4 3 2 1
Hawaiian 4 1      
Hong Kong Chinese 213 167 119 99 90
Hungarian 13 15 18 14 12
Icelander 4 2     1
Indian 1,919 1,891 1,839 1,788 1,611
Indonesian 96 85 83 83 73
Inuit/Eskimo 1   1    
Iranian/Persian 210 205 203 181 157
Iraqi 114 109 103 84 83
Irish 50 45 46 41 27
Israeli/Jewish/Hebre 29 29 22 18 13
Italian 8 5 10 17 13
Jamaican 2   3 2 1
Japanese 149 137 132 123 113
Jordanian 4 8 7 6 5
Kampuchean Chinese 12 8 6 5 5
Kenyan 2   1 1 1
Khmer/Kampuchean/Cam 88 79 84 89 85
Kiribati/Gilbertese 30 36 52 57 74
Korean 2,741 2,437 2,342 2,314 2,209
Kurd 47 50 43 43 40
Lao/Laotian 30 21 21 23 14
Latin American/Hispa 27 23 17 26 21
Latvian 2 1 1 1 1
Lebanese 12 5 8 7 6
Libyan 1 1 3 2  
Lithuanian 1 3 4 3 3
Macedonian 37 22 23 30 23
Malaitian 1 1 1 1  
Malay/Malayan 24 22 24 24 18
Malaysian Chinese 453 448 405 386 329
Maltese 2 3 1 1 2
Malvinian (Spanish-s 3        
Mangaia Islander 2 1 1 3 1
Manihiki Islander 3     2  
Manx         2
Marquesas Islander 1        
Marshall Islander 1        
Mauke Islander 2 1 1 1  
Mauritian 2 7 7 10 7
Mexican 10 9 6 7 9
Middle Eastern 88 77 71 74 84
Mitiaro Islander 1 2      
Mixed 5,679 9,502 11,030 11,214 10,533
Moroccan 1 5 3 4 5
Nauru Islander 10 1      
Nepalese 57 60 51 50 53
New Britain Islander 2        
New Caledonian 2 2 2 1  
New Georgian 1        
New Irelander 9 5 3 6 5
New Zealand European 30,364 34,000 33,934 31,878 26,162
New Zealand Maori 8,953 9,817 10,368 10,397 9,668
Nicaraguan 2 3 2 1 1
Nigerian 3 1 2 1  
Niuean 210 219 225 271 241
North American India 2 1 2   1
Norwegian 3 1 1 3 2
Not Stated 47 78 54 46 39
Ocean Islander/Banab   3 2    
Omani       1  
Orkney Islander 1   2    
Other 281 242 227 185 169
Other European 92 61 72 69 53
Other Pacific Island 40 45 40 58 47
Other Southeast Asia 25 32 42 43 48
Pakistani 169 171 180 174 141
Palestinian 13 9 10 12 12
Palmerston Islander 2 2 1 2  
Papuan/NewGuinean/Ir 12 8 13 12 10
Penrhyn Islander 5   2 4 4
Peruvian 17 18 21 17 18
Pitcairn Islander 3     1  
Polish 27 25 21 17 15
Portuguese 1   1 2 3
Puerto Rican 2 1 1 1  
Pukapuka Islander 2 2 5 4 7
Punjabi 46 50 46 41 34
Rakahanga Islander 1   1 2  
Rarotongan 16 17 9 17 15
Romanian/Rumanian 47 41 29 28 28
Romany/Gypsy 2        
Rotuman/Rotuman Isla 1   1 3 1
Russian 228 228 227 193 155
Samoan 2,491 2,836 3,100 3,188 2,875
Scottish (Scots) 55 42 29 34 26
Serb/Serbian 35 32 33 25 26
Seychelles Islander     1 1 1
Shetland Islander 1        
Sikh 22 23 13 14 12
Singaporean Chinese 97 78 76 68 48
Sinhalese 91 42 34 30 27
Slavic/Slav 2 3 5 2 1
Slovak 6 2 2 3 4
Slovene/Slovenian     2 5 5
Society Islander (in 1        
Solomon Islander 12 11 7 7 10
Somali 125 39 35 37 30
South African 425 453 474 465 381
South American India 1       1
South Slav (formerly 3 3 2 1 1
Southeast Asian 27 31 28 34 32
Spanish 8 8 4 4 4
Sri Lankan 164 149 147 123 95
Sri Lankan Tamil 74 76 80 71 65
Swedish 10 7 6 6 8
Swiss 6 6 9 11 8
Syrian 7 2 2 1 4
Taiwanese Chinese 770 596 508 421 338
Tamil 6 11 6 10 7
Thai/Tai/Siamese 101 94 94 111 99
Tibetan 1   1 1  
Tokelauan 68 73 84 79 81
Tongan 1,172 1,353 1,556 1,591 1,477
Tunisian   1 1 1 1
Turkish (incl Turkis 19 15 22 27 12
Tuvalu Islander/Elli 33 50 47 66 66
Ukrainian 21 30 23 23 19
Unspecified 2,551 1,872 1,483 1,763 1,342
Uruguayan 3 4 5 9 8
Vanuatu Islander/New 2 1 1 1 2
Venezuelan 2 2 2 3 2
Vietnamese 224 173 195 206 166
Vietnamese Chinese 33 28 30 27 24
Welsh 25 24 18 17 11
West Indian/Caribbea 3 6 6 6 5
Yap Islander   1 1 2 1
Yemeni 3        
Total 82,638 95,948 99,277 96,910 85,099

Last updated: 22 March 2014