Eligibility

Eligibility for an award 

Support under the Student Awards Regulations is only available to students meeting the required criteria in terms of residency, academic qualifications and age. Also, the course you intend to study must be an approved course. You need to satisfy the requirements in each of these areas to qualify for support.

Residency 

You must be ordinarily resident in the Isle of Man for a period of not less than 4 years immediately before the beginning of the first year of the course and continue to be resident for the duration of the course.

No account will be taken of temporary or occasional absences and discretion can be applied if you have taken a 'gap year' immediately after the completion of your 'A' levels or undergraduate degree. A student resident for less than 4 years immediately prior to the start of the course may also qualify by having a total of 10 years residency throughout their life, providing at least 2 of those years fall immediately prior to the start of the course.

A person is ordinarily resident in the Island if he or she voluntarily, and for settled purposes, lives in the Island for an appreciable period (a minor who lives with his or her parent is considered to be living voluntarily where the parent lives).

Academic requirements 

Even if you have been unconditionally accepted by the university that you wish to attend, you also need to meet the Department's academic requirements in order to qualify for support.

CourseMinimum qualifications required
HND or comparable course One GCE A-level (A2) pass at grade A-C (at least 32 UCAS points) or equivalent qualifications
University first degree or comparable course 80 UCAS points from qualifications equivalent to GCE A-level (A2) or AS-level, or an International Baccalaureate DiplomaPlease note that the Department of Education, Sport and Culture Student Awards will only count the Tariff points of an AS qualification if you have not completed an A level in the same subject.
Postgraduate courses PhD Upper second-class honours degree or Masters degree
MA/MSc/PG Diploma/GDL/PGCE Upper second-class honours degree 

The Department may waive the academic requirements in the case of a first degree or HND course at the University College Isle of Man where the Principal provides a written recommendation in support of your application.

Age 

The type and level of support available is dependent upon your age, as detailed below, but you must be under the age of 60 at the beginning of the first year of your course to qualify for support.

Range

Support available

Under 18

See below

18 to 59

Tuition fees and means tested maintenance grant

60 and over

No support available

If you are under 18 years of age at the beginning of your course, support may be available to study off-Island, providing a similar course is not available on the Isle of Man. Note, however, that the Student Awards Regulations do not provide support for students under the age of 18 for further education courses at the University College Isle of Man, although qualifying students may be exempt from paying course fees.. Refer to the College website for further details.

Courses eligible for support

The following full-time courses are supported: 

  • HND, Foundation Degree or Diploma of Higher Education
  • First degree course, such as BA, BSc or BEd
  • MA, MSc, Postgraduate Law Course, Postgraduate Diploma, PGCE or PhD 

Support may also be provided for certain full-time courses at UCM including 'A' levels, GCSEs and vocational qualifications.

Assistance towards tuition fees only may be provided in respect of the following part-time courses:

  • part-time degree course at UCM
  • a degree course or a module thereof provided by the Open University or similar accredited provider

Note that, other than in exceptional circumstances, your course will not qualify for support if you have previously started a course at an equivalent or higher Regulated Qualifications Framework ('RQF') level and, similarly, support will not normally be provided for repeating the same year of study.

Courses below RQF level 4 outside of the Isle of Man do not qualify for support if a similar course is available on Island. Courses are classed as similar if they are a close match in terms of content and lead to an award of equivalent level.

If you are in any doubt as to whether the course you wish to study will be supported, please contact the Student Awards Team for assistance by email at studentgrants@doe.gov.im