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Means testing of Maintenance Grants

Maintenance grants are subject to means testing, in every case, on the basis of the contributors' income as well as that of the student.

Calculating the Reduction on Account of Contributor's Income 

The amount of the grant is reduced by the amount shown below with reference to the total net income of the contributors in respect of maintenance grants in all cases

Net Income £Outside London reduction £Net Income £London reduction £
17,534 0 17,534 0
18,000 78 18,000 78
19,000 £245 19,000 £245
20,000 £412 20,000 £412
21,000 £579 21,000 £579
22,000 £746 22,000 £746
23,000 £913 23,000 £913
24,000 £1,080 24,000 £1,080
25,000 £1,247 25,000 £1,247
26,000 £1,414 26,000 £1,414
27,000 £1,581 27,000 £1,581
28,000 £1,748 28,000 £1,748
29,000 £1,915 29,000 £1,915
30,000 £2,082 30,000 £2,082
31,000 £2,249 31,000 £2,249
32,000 £2,416 32,000 £2,416
33,000 £2,583 33,000 £2,583
34,000 £2,750 34,000 £2,750
35,000 £2,917 35,000 £2,917
36,000 £3,084 36,000 £3,084
37,000 £3,251 37,000 £3,251
38,000 £3,418 38,000 £3,418
39,000 £3,585 39,000 £3,585
40,000 £3,752 40,000 £3,752
41,000 £3,919 41,000 £3,919
42,000 £4,086 42,000 £4,086
43,000 £4,253 43,000 £4,253
44,000 £4,420 44,000 £4,420
45,000 £4,587 45,000 £4,587
46,000 £4,754 46,000 £4,754
47,000 £4,921 47,000 £4,921
48,000 £5,088 48,000 £5,088
49,000 £5,255 49,000 £5,255
50,000 £5,422 50,000 £5,422
51,000 £5,589 51,000 £5,589
52,000 £5,756 52,000 £5,756
53,000 £5,923 53,000 £5,923
54,000 £6,090 54,000 £6,090
55,000 £6,257 55,000 £6,257
56,000 £6,424 56,000 £6,424
57,000 £6,591 57,000 £6,591
58,000 £6,758 58,000 £6,758
59,000 £6,925 59,000 £6,925
60,000 £7,092 60,000 £7,092
61,000 £7,200 61,000 £7,259
62,000 £7,200 62,000 £7,426
62,444 £7,200 63,000 £7,593
- - 64,000 £7,700
- - 65,000 £7,700
- - 65,444 £7,700

For intermediate amounts, the reduction is calculated as follows:

  • where net income exceeds £17,534 the amount of the grant is further reduced by £1 for each £6 of the contributor’s net income above the relevant amount specified in the above table.
  • where the grant reduction causes the maintenance grant to fall below the base grant of £300, the student will be entitled to a maintenance grant of £300 per annum unless the total income of contributors exceeds £62,444 as specified in the above table.

Means Testing of Student Income for the Calculation of Maintenance Grants 

Reduction on Account of Student's Income 

If the student has unearned income in the academic year, the grant is reduced by £1 for every £1 by which the income in the academic year exceeds the relevant amount specified below:

Category of income  £
Any scholarship, studentship, exhibition or award of a similar kind bestowed on the student in respect of the course (in pursuance of a sponsorship scheme or otherwise), except an award under these Regulations 8,000
Any payment made by the student's employer, where the student is released by the employer to attend the course 8,000
Pension 3,300
Trust income 2,000
Other unearned income (except income received by the student from renting out his or her own home)    900

Income falling within the following categories will not be taken into account for the purpose of determining the amount of the grant:

  • remuneration for employment
  • disability pension not subject to income tax
  • payments covenanted by a parent or guardian of the student
  • payments for an educational purpose, other than to meet:
    • tuition fees
    • expenses for which an allowance is made in respect of disability
    • living and course expenses
    • child benefit in respect of dependent children of the student
    • payments made under:
      • the action scheme of the European Community for the Mobility of University Students ('ERASMUS')
      • the European Commission programme for foreign language competence ('LINGUA')
      • payments made to the student out of access funds held by the institution which he or she is attending.

The 'parent or guardian', in relation to a student, includes any person (other than a public authority) who has parental responsibility for him or her, or would have parental responsibility for him or her if he or she were under the age of 18.

Contribution towards Tuition Fees where Family Income exceeds £112,000 

The universal contribution of £2,500 towards annual tuition fees is increased by 35% of that part of total gross income that exceeds £112,000 per annum, up to the full cost of tuition fees. 

If there is more than one student from a family attending College/University at the same time, the level of income above which the additional 35% becomes payable is increased by £19,285 per student. 

This additional contribution is payable by the student and/or contributors and is not covered by the loan scheme operated by the Department. 

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