Education chiefs want to increase student grants

The Department of Education and Children wants to increase maintenance grants for students from the Island in higher education.

The means-tested grants assist students from the Island with travel and accommodation.

Those studying at University College Isle of Man would receive £180 more per year, while those studying off Island could be over £500 better off each year.

Around a quarter of Manx students in higher education are eligible for the grants

The DEC has set aside £10.3m for student awards and grants this year.