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Student Loans and Allowances: 2005
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  03 April 2007
Highlights
  • Males' income was 20 percent higher than females' five years post-study for students who left in 2000.
  • Post-study average income was highest for health field of study and lowest for food, hospitality and personal services.
  • Leaving debt increased by 32 percent for those who left between 1997 and 2004.
  • Leaving debt for borrowers aged 60 years and over increased 141 percent from 1997 to 2004.
  • The number of students who received only an allowance decreased by 44 percent between 2000 and 2005.
  • Pacific peoples had repaid the smallest proportion of their leaving debt five years post-study, at 4 percent for students who left in 2000.
  • Europeans had repaid the largest proportion of their leaving debt five years post-study, at 25 percent for students who left in 2000.

Graph, Average Income 1 Year and 5 Years Post-study.  

Dallas Welch (Mrs) 3 April 2007
Acting Government Statistician Cat 52.909 Set 06/07 – 151

For further information about borrowers overseas, repayments and student financial support, go to www.stats.govt.nz/studentloans

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