Yesterday, the Ministry of Education announced via a Facebook post, that major changes will be coming to students’ maintenance grants and stipends. The changes announced are:
- Rather than applying annually, full-time students will now only apply in the first year of their studies,
- Students who are repeating a year or who would have extended the course of studies will now be eligible for stipend,
- Medical students who chose to do the intercalated year and gain a Bachelor of Intercalated Science, and then enter their third year of the medical course were previously unable to apply. Their eligibility will now change.,
- Foreign students will now also be able to apply for stipend,
- Non-Maltese non-EU citizens may apply for an exemption of fees after applying for their course. After, they may be considered eligible for the stipend.
- For students who apply for an extra maintenance grant, there will now be no need for means testing. The extra maintenance grant has also now be extended for all students in residential care
Education minister Justyne Caruana welcomed these changes and said,” As a ministry it is our priority to continue to help students in their educational journey. This government has always supported those students who continue with their studies and therefore we felt that these amendments are necessary to continue to incentivise the students.”
Stipend applications can be found here.