Less study benefit for beneficiaries

People on social welfare benefits get less financial return on tertiary study than other students, the Ministry of Education says.

The ministry has published reports on the post-study incomes of Maori, Pasifika, women and people who were on low incomes before they started studying.

The reports show most people enjoy a jump in earnings after they graduate but that the increase is not as big for those who were on benefits before they started studying.

They also showed Maori students got a bigger income boost from study than other groups but after five years they were earning less than non-Maori with the same qualifications, and that women earn less than men.

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