This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 28 September 2006, amend the Student Allowances Regulations 1998.
These regulations apply to the assessment and payment of student allowances for weeks starting on or after 1 January 2007.
Regulation 5 makes amendments to the definitions of recognised course of study and recognised programme. These amendments reflect the fact that the responsibility for approving programmes provided by tertiary providers now rests with the Tertiary Education Commission rather than the chief executive of the Ministry of Education.
Regulation 6 removes the lowest threshold used in the reassessment of annual parental income.
Regulation 7 increases the level of weekly parental income used in calculating the basic grant payable to a single student who is childless and under 25.
Regulation 8 is a transitional provision relating to tertiary students who, before 1 January 2007, are enrolled in a course leading to the completion of a recognised programme. Regulation 8 safeguards the student allowance entitlements of those students in light of the changes made to the definition of recognised programme.