DEC won't budge on university fees

Douglas man says government not following its own rules

A Douglas man is accusing government of 'not following its own rules' in a dispute over university fees.

Antony Aspell claims daughter Nicole achieved enough UCAS points to qualify for a grant this year - but was denied one as she did not meet further requirements set by the UK body.

The Department of Education and Children says it's always followed the policy, and apologised if the family was led to believe otherwise.

Bosses say a statement will now be placed on its website to avoid further confusion.

Mr Aspell says Nicole is still going away to study - at his personal expense:

The Department has been contacted for reply.

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