Maintenance grants may be reintroduced in the UK
- By: Siân Knight
A draft report produced by the United Kingdom's Department for Education and Employment has indicated that maintenance grants up to the value of £3500 could be reintroduced for the poorest of Britain's students. According to the department's plans, up to 10% of access funds - the money supplied for universities to allocate hardship grants to very poor students - could be set aside to provide guaranteed grants over three years.
Access funds were initially set up 10 years ago, when students lost their right to claim social security benefits during the summer holiday period. Students generally have to apply for access fund money, and it is awarded at the university's discretion. If the government accepts the proposal, students will be able to apply for a guaranteed maintenance grant of up to £3500 instead of having to negotiate the access fund system. This differs from university to university, but it usually