Domestic students in tertiary education in New Zealand



Data before 1999 excludes private training establishments and ‘other tertiary education provider’ students.

The participation rate is the number of enrolments, in a calendar year, as a percentage of Stats NZ’s estimate of the population aged 15+ at 31 December each year.
Participation rates have been age standardised to enable comparisons to be made over time. These rates have been standardised based on the structure of the New Zealand population in 2017.
Participation excludes industry training, non-government-funded private training establishments, formal courses of a week or less, and all non-formal learning.


Equivalent full-time student (EFTS): A measure used to count tertiary student numbers. A student taking a normal year’s full-time study generates one ‘equivalent full-time student’ unit. Part-time or part-year students are fractions of a unit.
Borrower: Any person who has drawn from the Student Loan Scheme and not yet repaid in full.
Active borrower: Someone who is currently borrowing from the scheme. Active borrowers will be either studying for the first time or continuing with their study.

Limitations of the data

Leaving debt and repayment times are still being reported for 2016 tertiary leavers. For 2019 the data was not able to to be updated to 2017 because the 2018 tertiary enrolment were not available in the IDI at the time the Student Loan annual report was being prepared.

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2019


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Data Tables (XLS, 253.8 KB)' from the right-hand section.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2019

From the dataset Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2019, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: SLS C1_1
  • Range: C6:E30
  • Provided: 75 data points

This data forms the table Tertiary Education - Participation by domestic students in tertiary education 1994–2018.

Dataset originally released on:

December 2019

About this dataset

This dataset relates to the Student Loan Scheme, including loan uptake, amount borrowed, loan balance, and repayment.

Purpose of collection

This is the supporting data for the Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2017/18. The purpose of this annual report is to inform Parliament and the New Zealand public about the performance of the Student Loan Scheme in 2017/18. It also includes the audited financial
schedules of the scheme for the year ending 30 June 2018.
The report describes how the loan scheme operates in the context of the New Zealand tertiary education system and the goals of the Tertiary Education Strategy; the contribution it makes in enabling greater access to, and participation in, tertiary education; and developments to the loan scheme and student support policy over time.
It also looks at the outcomes of the scheme and provides detailed information about borrowers and their lending and repayment patterns. Finally, the report gives a detailed financial analysis of costs and the valuation of the loan scheme.

Method of collection/Data provider

The information on active borrowers and borrowers in study is largely drawn from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Inland Revenue has supplied data on the repayments, loan balances and borrower segments. Tertiary education data and information on borrowing in the years before 2000 were supplied by the Ministry of Education.
Other data has come from Stats NZ’s Integrated Data Infrastructure. Data from these sources is complemented by information drawn from the Census, the Household Labour Force Survey and other published data sources.