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Means testing

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

Fees grants will be subject to means testing where the student is aged 29 years or over at the beginning of their course (39 years if the course is at the University College Isle of Man), or where the course is part-time/distance learning. 

Means testing will also take effect for courses that commenced in September 2013 or thereafter, for calculating the additional contribution towards tuition fees where gross family income exceeds £100,000 per annum.

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, and fees grants in the following cases:- 

  • the student is 39 years of age or over at the beginning of the first year of the course, in the case of a course at the University College Isle of Man
  • the student is 29 years of age or over at the beginning of the first year of the course in any other case.
Net income
         £
Reduction
        £
Net income
        £
Reduction
       £
17,348 0 28,000 2,629
18,000 130 29,000 2,962
19,000 330 30,000 3,295
20,000 554 31,000 3,629
21,000 804 32,000 3,962
22,000 1,054 33,000 4,295
23,000 1,304 34,000 4,629
24,000 1,554 35,000 4,962
25,000 1,804 36,000 5,295
26,000 2,054 37,000 5,629
27,000 2,304 38,000 5,963

For intermediate amounts, the reduction is calculated as follows:- 

  • where net income exceeds £17,348 but does not exceed £19,515, a further £1 is deducted for each £5 of additional income;
  • where net income exceeds £19,515 but does not exceed £27,105, a further £1 is deducted for each £4 of additional income;
  • where net income exceeds £27,105, a further £1 is deducted for each £3 of additional income. 

In respect of Maintenance grants, the sum of £100 for each dependent child (other than the student) of the contributor in full-time education is to be deducted from the amount of the reduction.

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 4,200
Any payment made by the student's employer, where the student is released by the employer to attend the course 4,200
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

If the student is in receipt of any other benefit or allowance (except a loan) made by a Department or Statutory Board in the Island, or by a Government department, local authority or other public authority elsewhere in the British Islands, the Department may reduce the amount of the grant by the excess of the benefit or allowance over £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.

Part-time/distance learning courses 

The amount payable by the Department in terms of part time/distance learning courses is calculated using the following table, subject to an upper limit of £4,000.

Family* net incomePercentage of fees payable
Less than £21,000 100%
£21,001 - £25,000 75%
£25,001 - £30,000 50%
£30,001 - £35,000 25%
£35,001 and over 0%

Includes the income of the student and contributors 

Contribution towards Tuition Fees where family income exceeds £100,000 

The universal contribution of £2,500 towards annual tuition fees is increased by 35% of that part of total gross income that exceeds £100,000 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. 

Examples of how to calculate the amount of Maintenance Grant 

One student attending University/College in the UK for an undergraduate degree. 

 

  £  £
Gross Parental Income   25,000
Less Taxable Allowances     1,776
Net Income   23,224
Reduction         1,360
Full maintenance grant 5,200  
Less Reduction 1,360  
Maintenance grant awarded 3,840  

Two students from the same household attending University/College in the UK, both for undergraduate degrees. Because the student has a sibling also attending University/College at the same time, the calculated reduction will be apportioned between those students.  

 

  £  £
Gross Parental Income   25,000
Less Taxable Allowances     1,776
Net Income   23,224
Reduction   1,360
Full maintenance grant 5,200  
Less Reduction per student 680  
Maintenance grant awarded 4,520  

Examples of how to calculate the contribution for incomes exceeding £100,000

Family gross income of £110,000 per annum, with one student attending university/college in the UK for an undergraduate degree. Additional contribution is calculated at 35% of the £10,000 in excess of the £100,000 threshold. 

 

££
University tuition fee   9,250
Universal contribution (paid via Government loan) 2,500  
Family income contribution (35% of £10,000) 3,500  
Total student / family contribution   6,000
Fees Grant payable by Student Awards   3,250

Family gross income of £125,000 per annum, with one student attending University/College in the UK for an undergraduate degree. Additional contribution is calculated at 35% of the £25,000 in excess of the £100,000 threshold, but is capped to the balance of fees due after deducting the universal contribution. 

 

££
University tuition fee   9,250
Universal contribution (paid via Government loan) 2,500  
Family income contribution (capped) 6,500  
Total student / family contribution   9,250
Fees Grant payable by Student Awards   0

Family gross income of £125,000 per annum, with two students attending University/College in the UK, both for undergraduate degrees. Additional contribution is calculated at 35% of the £5,715 in excess of the higher threshold of £119,285. 

 

££
University tuition fee (2 @ £9,250)   18,500
Universal contribution x 2 (paid via Government loan) 5,000  
Family income contribution (35% of £6,429) 2,000  
Total student / family contribution   7,000
Fees Grant payable by Student Awards   11,500

 

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