Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Department of Education and Science
Higher Education Grants
Question 694: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the reason 1,500 applicants for higher education grants from Cork County Council have yet to be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6602/10]
As at 5 February 2010 Cork County Council had received a total of 2,140 grant applications for the academic year 2009/2010. This is an increase in applications of 32%. A decision has been reached on 1,107 applications. A total of 85 applications have yet to be assessed and these applications were received after the closing date. A significant number of outstanding grant applications (948 applicants) have not been processed in full because the applications were incomplete or further information was required.