maintenance grant

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Money awarded to students for the purpose of subsidizing their living costs, such as accommodation, fares, and meals, but not intended for the payment of fees. In the past, local authorities' education departments would have a discretionary fund from which such awards were made, either in cases of hardship, or where the applicant's case met the necessary criteria. These have been largely replaced by Education Maintenance Allowances and other forms of subsistence funding, and by the introduction of loans for students in higher education. See also bursary.

Subjects: Education.

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