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Plan to raise grades for Isle of Man student grants

Students from the Isle of Man will need to gain higher grades to qualify for university funding under new proposals.

The Manx government is considering raising the minimum standard from two Ds at A-level to two Cs by 2011.

Postgraduates will need a 2:1 in their degree instead of a 2:2, and those on four-year courses may be asked to contribute £1,000 in their final year.

The funding review has been prompted by both an increase in student numbers and in UK university fees.

Rising costs

The Department of Education and Children will also look at measures to encourage applications to courses which support the Island's economic development.

Minister Eddie Teare MHK will ask Tynwald to approve the 2010 postgraduate proposals in April.

Postgraduate numbers have increased from 117 in 2007/08 to 163 in 2009/10, with costs linked to tuition fees rising from £818,000 in 2007/08 to £1.4m in 2009/10.

A government spokesman said: "The reason for the proposed changes is to allow the department to continue to offer continued support for [all university] courses, within existing resources."



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