Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DO THE MATHS; Grants Add a Degree of Support

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DO THE MATHS; Grants Add a Degree of Support

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Byline: By JOANNA DESIRA

MORE students will have extra cash at their disposal from the next academic year after the Government introduced changes to financial support packages.

From September, non-repayable grants of pounds 2,835 will be available to students with a family income of pounds 25,000 or less - previously a grant was available only to students from families with an income of pounds 17,500 or less.

The annual grants are supported by loans, means-tested benefits and bursaries and scholarships offered by individual universities.

Students from families with an income of between pounds 25,001 and pounds 60,005 can get a grant of between pounds 2,834 and pounds 50.

They will still pay top-up fees for their study. In the next academic year universities can charge up to pounds 3,145 for full-time undergraduate courses. The figure will rise with inflation. Students can get a loan to cover the cost of the fees, which is not repayable until they earn at least pounds 15,000.

The University of Teesside has a package of scholarships and bursaries for students.

In the next academic year it will be offering a university bursary of pounds 1,000 a year if a student's household income is pounds 25,000 a year or below; excellence scholarships of pounds 1,000 for three years will be offered to students who achieve 320 UCAS tariff points and make the University of Teesside their firm offer; and scholarships of pounds 1,000 will be given to students studying certain subjects.

Chris Turner, external relations officer in student services at Teesside Uni, is travelling to schools and colleges throughout the North-east and North Yorkshire telling pupils about the benefits.

He said: "The response to the new grants system has been very positive. Often parents are the most nervous about their sons and daughters going to university and the debt they could get into.

"When I explain the package of support they leave more positive about funding."

What you can get each year

Maintenance Grant (non repayable):

Household income: pounds 25,000 or below, grant of pounds 2,835; pounds 25,001 - pounds 60,005, grant of

pounds 2,834 - pounds 50; pounds 60,006+, no grant. …

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