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Education (Student Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Eligibility for loans for living costs

20.—(1) Subject to and in accordance with the following paragraphs and regulation 21 an eligible student shall be eligible for loan for living costs if:

(a)he is under the age of 50 on the first day of the first academic year of the course; or

(b)he is aged 50 or over and under the age of 55 on that day, if the Department is satisfied that he intends to enter employment after he has completed his course, or such other higher education course which he intends to start undertaking immediately after completing his present course, disregarding any intervening vacation.

(2) An eligible student shall not be eligible for a loan for living costs –

(a)if –

(i)he is absent from his course for the duration of one academic year; and

(ii)he is in receipt of funding from the Department to participate in a management development programme; or

(b)if he is a person mentioned in paragraph 7 of Schedule 1 and not in any other paragraph of that Schedule.

(3) An eligible student shall be eligible for loan for living costs in respect of –

(a)an academic year during which –

(i)his course becomes a designated course,

(ii)he or his spouse or parent is recognised as a refugee or is granted leave to enter or remain as mentioned in paragraph 3 of Schedule 1, or

(b)any academic year which begins after the events referred to in paragraph (a),

but shall not be eligible for loan for living costs in respect of any other academic year.

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