Our university fees system is open to abuse, says minister

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THE way in which university grants are awarded to students from Jersey has to change because the system is open to abuse, the Education Minister has said.

From this September, Deputy Patrick Ryan wants grants to be calculated in relation to the total income of the household where the student lives, as opposed to just the income of a separated parent the student lives with.

The change, which would save the States up to £500,000 a year, could see new partners or step-parents forced to contribute towards university fees.

The minister's comments come ahead of a States debate next week after St Clement Deputy Gerard Baudains lodged a proposition to try to block the new rules coming into force.

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