This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 September 2013, amend the Student Allowances Regulations 1998. The amendments are, in general, to support or give effect to Budget 2013 student allowance initiatives. In particular, the amendments—
ensure that eligibility for certain allowances for study commencing in or after 2014 depends on having—
make students aged 65 years or over ineligible for certain allowances for study commencing in or after 2014:
introduce, for a student of or over the age of 40 years, a new 120-week maximum entitlement period for certain allowances for study commencing in or after 2014:
update or refine references (to family tax credits under the Income Tax Act 1994, to refugees or protected persons, and to years in respect of which applications are made).
The eligibility and entitlement changes are subject to exceptions for applicants who in 2013 met former requirements, had allowance applications approved, or received allowances. Some of those exceptions end at, and are unavailable to those applicants after, the close of 31 December 2014.
Date of notification in Gazette: 29 August 2013.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Development.