05,00010,00015,000International fee-paying students in primary and secondaryschools in New ZealandAs at July 1996–2020, number of studentsProvider: Ministry of Education199619992002200520082011201420172020

International fee-paying students in primary and secondary schools in New Zealand

As at July 1996–2020, number of students


Regular Student: A domestic student, who is aged less than 19 years at 1 January of the roll count year. Includes; students in general classrooms and those in special needs units. Excludes; international fee-paying students, NZAID-funded students (prior to 2009), alternative education students and adult students.

International Fee Paying Student: An international student (prior to 2009 these were Foreign Fee Paying students) who meets the full tuition costs on their own or from funds provided to them by sponsors other than the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Students can be studying at a secondary or tertiary level.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade Student: A student on a scholarship from MFAT (previously referred as NZAID students). As of 2009 these students are now part of the domestic count and not included in international fee paying student totals.

Alternative Education Student: A young person aged between thirteen and a half and sixteen years of age who has become alienated from the education system. As they are either unwilling to attend a regular school or schools are unwilling to enrol them in a mainstream setting they attend an Alternative Education Programme.

Adult Student: A domestic student who has continued at a school and is aged 19 years or over on 1 January of the roll count year.


Included school types are: Full Primary, Secondary, Intermediate, Composite, Restricted Composite, Correspondence School, Special School, Contributing, Teen Parent Unit.

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

School Roll Returns: Time Series Data for Trend Analysis 2020



How to find the data

At URL download Excel spreadsheet titled 'Time Series Data for Trend Analysis 1996-2020'.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: School Roll Returns: Time Series Data for Trend Analysis 2020

From the dataset School Roll Returns: Time Series Data for Trend Analysis 2020, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Student Type
  • Range: B4:Z12
  • Provided: 225 data points

This data forms the table Schooling - Student roll by student type 1996–2020.

Dataset originally released on:

October 2020

About this dataset

The Ministry of Education carries out statistical collections (roll returns) from New Zealand schools at different times during the year.
The data reported here is based on the 1 July roll returns since it provides detailed information on age and ethnicity for trend analysis.

Purpose of collection

The Ministry uses the collected data in a number of ways: to fund and staff schools; to support policy analysis, development and decision making; to monitor the outcomes of the New Zealand education system; and for national and international reporting purposes.