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An Overview
 
Students' Maintenance Grants are provided by the Government of Malta for students attending in approved Post-Secondary and Tertiary educational institutions.  The Students' Maintenance Grants’ Scheme operates under a set of regulations, guidelines and the respective Legal Notice namely L.N. 308 of 2016 determining eligibility.
 
The Students' Maintenance Grants can be classified in five distinct tiers:
 
a.  the initial grant
This is to be utilised for the purchase of textbooks and other educational material, and is credited to students’ bank accounts as soon as possible after students have confirmed their online application.
 
b. the one-time grant
This Grant complements the Initial Grant and serves as further financial aid to students who are studying at Degree Level at the University of Malta and at MCAST.
 
c. the stipend
This is paid periodically in backdated four-weekly payments.  Students applying for the Students’ Maintenance Grant before the end of November of each academic year, shall receive their first stipend backdated as from start of academic year in December subject to confirmation by the relative educational institution.  Students’ Maintenance Grants paid to students studying at Post-Secondary institutions and at MCAST are subject to deductions according to the students’ attendance at his or her educational institution.
 
 
d.  the Supplementary Allowances
(click here for more detailed information)
 
 
eSingle Parents’ Benefit​
These benefits are given to single parents who rely solely on SA and are stipend-eligible.
 
 
The Awarding of Students’ Maintenance Grants
All Students’ Maintenance Grants are credited directly to the bank account the students have specified in their online application, after this office receives the educational institutions’ confirmation of the students’ commencement of course and after the students confirm their online application. 
 
Students who fail to confirm their online application cannot be awarded Students’ Maintenance Grants.  

There shall be no further processing of online applications after end June.

 
Since the funds provided in the form of a Maintenance Grant are directly credited into the students' bank account it is very important that an active and correct IBAN account number is entered in the online application so as to avoid payment complications.
 
Termination of Students’ Maintenance Grants
Students who resign from their respective course of studies are to inform their respective stipends office by an email or letter within a week of their resignation.
Students who: (a) resign; (b) abandon; (c) fail to continue their studies, will have to refund the one-time grant or part thereof and/or any stipend received after the last day of attendance.
University of Malta students who abandon the course without submitting a resignation will be asked to refund both the stipend and supplementary initial grant / one-time grant.
 
General, Prescribed and High Priority Courses
All courses deemed eligible for Students’ Maintenance Grants are classified either as General, as Prescribed or as High Priority.
 
Students reading for courses considered as Prescribed receive a higher rate of 4-weekly stipend and different rates of Grants.  Students attending a High Priority Course receive a stipend rate higher than those attending a Prescribed Course.
 
This classification of courses depends on the area of study and is determined by the Hon. Minister after consultation with the Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Board.    Lists of Prescribed Courses are published annually on the SMGB website.​
 
Online Application
Students are to apply for Students' Maintenance Grants by accessing the online application forms at education.gov.mt/studentsgrants using their e-ID and password. 
 
Online applications should be submitted on a yearly basis.