By George Psyllides
THE education ministry will be reviewing the eligibility criteria for university student grants, it said yesterday, and has asked parliament to suspend examination of a relevant bill.
It follows strong student reaction to the proposal, which cut the property criteria from €1.2m to €500,000.
“I think the threshold was low,” Education minister Costas Kadis said.
Opponents argued that the move would deprive grants to hundreds of students because their family just happened to own some land and a house.
Kadis said that the government aimed at targeting the grant so people who were truly in need could benefit.
The minister pointed out that while the ceiling would be lowered, the budget for the grant was not being reduced.
The student grant was amongst the first benefits that were slashed due to austerity measures.
While in the past the state would give up to €2,550 to each student, with an additional €850 if the student came from a large family, restrictions were put in place to exclude students from wealthy families.