Student Maintenance Grant

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    ChrisR
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    Can anybody advise whether the new Maintenance Grant available to those starting new courses in September 2006 is disregarded at all? The maximum grant available is £2700.00 per annum.

    I’ve checked the guidance in A15 and can’t see that it’s mentioned anywhere.

    #9945
    Scott Wilson
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    The grant is to cover the costs of books, travel, equipment and childcare. The Special Support Grant is fully disregarded.

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    gerryg
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    #9947
    andyrichards
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    We pointed out the omission to the Adelphi and some follow-up guidance was promised.

    It is a grant of up to £2700. It is income, but if the student gets a grant of £1200 or more the amount of loan available to them is reduced by £1200. If the grant is less than £1200 the amount of available loan is reduced pound for pound. So you need to make sure you don’t double-count income.

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    Mark
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    The follow up guidance was issued in G9/2006. They correctly stated there that it should be taken into account as income but failed to consider the rather important question of the period over which to count it.

    My view (which I posed to the Adelphi and they confirmed they shared) is that since the Maintenance Grant is not a “grant for dependants” it can’t be averaged and taken into account for the same period as a student loan. In other words – the nice n’easy HB Reg 59(7) doesn’t apply to it. Instead, it has to be taken into account under HB Reg 59(5)(a) and averaged over the “period of study” (defined in Reg 53). HB simplification it ain’t.

    I do hope, therefore, that it will prove to be true that we’ll hardly see any HB recipients getting it because they’ll be getting the (fully disregarded) Special Support Grant instead.

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