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Stipends and Grants

NOTE: For the sake of clarity, gender-specific terms referring to the male gender are often included in these information pages.  Whenever a gender-specific term is used, it is to be understood as referring to all genders, unless otherwise stated.​

An Overview

Students' Maintenance Grants are provided by the Government of Malta for students in higher education.  The Students' Maintenance Grants' scheme operates under a set of regulations and the respective Legal Notice namely L.N.308 of 2016 determining eligibility.

Students' Maintenance Grants' online application forms should be submitted on a yearly basis at the beginning of the academic year.


There shall be no further processing of online applications after end June of the respective academic year.


For further details about different Students' Maintenance Grants, click HERE.




 Stipends and Grants



Students' Maintenance Grants include the initial grant, the one-time grant, the stipend, the supplementary allowances, the single parents’ grant, Summer Special Stipends and Topup Stipends. Stipends are paid periodically in backdated four-weekly payments.  Students applying for the Students’ Maintenance Grant before the end of December of each academic year, shall receive their first stipend backdated as from start of academic year subject to confirmation by the relative educational institution. 
Students submitting their online application after the end of December of the respective academic year will be considered eligible for the Maintenance Grants as from the date of submission of application.
Students studying at MQF Level 5 and 6, and also some students studying at MQF Level 7, will also be receiving a yearly Initial Grant (and a One-Time Grant for degree-level students) which is to be utilised for the purchase of textbooks and other educational material.  This allowance will be credited directly to the students’ bank accounts at the beginning of the academic year, after this office receives the educational institutions’ confirmation of the students’ commencement of course and after the students confirm their online application.
Students who change their course during the same academic year after submission/confirmation of the online application are required to login again to their online application using their e-ID and password and click on the Add Course button.  This will create a new application.  Students are to fill the details of the new institution and course of studies.  Finally they are to submit their newly-created application.  Unless this procedure is followed payments will be withheld.
 It is very important that students who resign from their respective course of studies, 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 initial grant / one-time grant.
Since all Students’ Maintenance Grants 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.
 For MCAST and University of Malta students, the amount of stipend to be received depends on whether the course is classified as General, Prescribed or High Priority.  Classification of courses depends on the area of study and is determined by the Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Board after consultation with the Hon. Minister for Education and Employment.  Lists of Prescribed courses are published annually in the Students’ Maintenance Grants’ website HERE.

Part-Time Self-Employed Students​

Online Application
Students may employ up to 10 minutes to login, fill in and correctly submit an online application. This timeframe assumes that scans of requested documentation are already available. 
After submission, the online application and documentation are checked by the staff of the respective stipends office.  Once an application is approved students receive an instruction via email to confirm their online application in order for their details to be included in the payment process.  Payment of stipends may take up to 6 weeks to be credited to students after they confirm their online application. 
Students who do not successfully submit their online application or fail to provide the requested documentation on submission, will have their application re-opened to amend as necessary and re-submit.  In such cases, online applications remain pending until the student re-submits the application with complete/correct information.  The Students’ Maintenance Grants Board reserves the right to decline an application if incorrect data is submitted or if student fails to provide the information being requested.

a.    Students submitting their online application after the end of December of the respective ​academic year will be considered eligible for Students' Maintenance Grants as from the date of submission of application.

b.    Students may amend their online application for  the Students' Maintenance Grants until the end of June of the respective academic year. There shall be no further processing of online applications after end June.

c.      Students have a right of redress before the Students’ Maintenance Grants' Board if they feel they have particular circumstances which need to be assessed by the Board. The Board reserves the right to verify the information submitted and request additional information/documentation as may be required to reach an informed decision about certain cases.

d.    All Government forms are subject to monitoring and assessment by the Better Regulation Unit within OPM, to ensure the implementation of Better Regulation within the Public Sector.

e.    The Students’ Maintenance Grants’ Board is hereby informing you that it can make use, retain and share information of personal and other data which students have submitted with their online application,
i.             for the processing of their application;
ii.            for the determination of future eligibility in line with lawful processing under the General Data Protection Regulation, Article 6 (b); and, 
​iii.          for statistical purposes.   
f.      All communication addressed to the Students’ Maintenance Grants' Board is to be sent to

g.    Documents should not be sent via email, unless the Students’ Maintenance Grants' Board specifically requests otherwise.
Students who do not possess an e-ID
Students including those admitted as Foreign Students and who for some reason do not possess an e-ID, should click on the link available here, leading to the hard copy application form, submitted personally along with the necessary documentation to the Students’ Maintenance Grants' Office via the One Stop Shop, Edu or sent by post to the Students’ Maintenance Grants' Board Office, Room 207, Ministry for Education and Employment, Great Siege Road, Floriana.