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The Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Board

The Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Board (SMGB) comprises nine members, which are appointed annually by the Hon. Minister for Education and Employment.
Dr Romina Cuschieri            Chairperson
Mr Charles Cilia                    Secretary
Mr Godfrey Testa                  MEDE Ministry’s Representative
Mr Ahmed Lamlum               KSM Representative
Mr Josef Buttigieg                 MCAST Representative​
Mr Victor Grech                    MFIN Representative
Dr. Ing. Chris Micallef           Jobsplus Representative
Ms Romina Sammut             UOM Rector’s Office Representative
Mr Luke Abela                       KSU Representative

Duties and Procedures
The Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Board’s main functions are to:
a. oversee the effective allocation and payments of Students’ Maintenance Grants to students;
b.  offer guidelines and regularly review procedures in the management and implementation of all the stages leading up to payments of Students’ Maintenance Grants to students;
c. oversee the effective assessment, review and payment of Supplementary Grants to students;
d.  manage, assess and implement any other scheme which the Hon. Minister for Education and Employment may launch from time to  time;
e.  process reports submitted from educational institutions and apply any sanctions when necessary;
f.  oversee the management of payments and take action to recover any overpaid Students’ Maintenance Grants;
g.  recommend changes to already-existing policies to improve the support the student receives.
The Board is responsible for the issuing of guidelines for sui generis cases and memos regarding procedures which need to be followed.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held monthly and are minuted.  Minutes are duly signed by the Chairperson and by the Secretary of the Board.  Due to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), updated minutes of each Board Meeting cannot be published, but they are kept for reference at the Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Office.


The Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Board works in liaison with the Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Office, where all communication and correspondence is received and processed. 


The Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Board has always strived to implement initiatives to simplify and enhance the student’s experience when applying for the Students’ Maintenance Grants. 


Decisions are communicated in writing and sent to the student and the respective stipends office.