revise student grants for independent students

The assessment criteria for 'indepependent students' applying for a grant needs to be revisited. There is a loophole whereby students who have received full tuition fees (and possibly a grant) for their first degree and may have paid notihng into the Isle of Man for three years (often spent 'travelling') can sign up for a postgraduate course and be assessed independently as having no income. They can then be granted full tuiton fees and a grant towards living and accommodation.

We need to introduce  criteria to asess their individual contribution to the IOM economy before awarding further grants.

Why the contribution is important

Government may well be spending thousands of pounds on postgraduate students who have contributed nothing to the economy and have no intention of returning to the Island. 

by keshvane on April 05, 2017 at 09:31AM

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