The period of submission for student grants for the academic year 2015/2016 has been extended until November 15, 2016 by the Student Welfare Service (SWS) of the education ministry.
In its announcement, the SWS said although a list of students who are eligible for the grants was published on the education ministry’s website on October 20 the majority of potential beneficiaries have not handed in the documents necessary for the allocation of the allowances.
This is why the submission has been extended from November 4 to November 15. The announcement warned that this is the last extension and must be adhered to.
The ministry’s list gives the student’s ID number, the file number of the SWS and marks the benefits to which each one is entitled.
It also indicates the necessary documentation which students must submit by hand to the offices of the welfare services at 6, Tefkrou street, Nicosia by the new deadline.
Applications are graded on a points system factoring in a family’s finances, assets and social circumstances. Qualifying for student benefits are families whose gross annual income does not exceed €39,000. For families with three or more children, the total gross income must not exceed €59,000.
Meanwhile, students from families who qualify for guaranteed minimum income are now eligible for free public transport to and from school. The measure was approved by the cabinet, acting on a proposal from the labour minister.