Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Number getting student allowances has dropped

12 April 2006

Number getting student allowances has dropped

The number of students receiving a student allowance has continued to drop noted Conor Roberts, Co-president of the New Zealand University Students’ Association (NZUSA).

“Recent Studylink figures reveal that the number of students receiving a living allowance dropped to 56,806 students in 2005, down from 60,826 in 2004 and over 70,000 in 2001.”

“This is disastrous, less and less tertiary students are being supported through study and the sad fact is that 40% of the total amount owed through the student loan scheme is from students forced to borrow to live, pay the bills, rent and food.”

Since 1992 students under 25 have faced tough parental means-testing to determine their eligibility for a student living allowance.

“The parental means test is unfair and we call upon the government to increase access to allowances by dropping the unfair age test at the next budget and turn around the declining number of students who are supported while they study.”

“Yesterday the Department of Statistics showed that borrowers under 25 years of age transferred the highest median loan balance to the IRD, this is due to the tough parental means testing regime these students face when applying for a student allowance.”

Department of Statistics information also showed that students overseas transferred a higher median loan balance to the IRD and on average owed $11,790 more (an average loan balance of $22,640) than those assumed to be residing in New Zealand (an average of $10,850).

“High fees and low access to allowances is resulting in high debt and forcing students overseas. We need to turn this around.”

“The no interest on student loans policy is good for people working their way out of debt. We need to stop the drivers of debt and therefore prevent students getting into debt in the first place.”

“The government should support students while they study by granting a living allowance to all students,” he concluded.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news