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Accommodation Benefit

  • Up to $20 WEEKLY INCREASE
  • From 1 April 2018, weekly payments will increase by up to $20 for students experiencing housing stress.

What is changing from 1 April 2018?

Accommodation Benefit rates for Student Allowance recipients will increase by up to $20 a week to better reflect the cost of housing for students.

EXAMPLE REGIONS CURRENT RATES FUTURE RATES (ESTIMATED)
Auckland $40 $60
Wellington $40 $60
Christchurch $40 $60
Dunedin $40 $51
Hamilton $40 $49.50
Palmerston North $40 $40.50

Who benefits from the increase?

About 41,000 students will benefit from the change, and in particular, around 26,000 students who live in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch will receive a $20 increase per week.

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