Written answers

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Department of Education and Science

Higher Education Grants

9:00 pm

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour)
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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]

Photo of Batt O'KeeffeBatt O'Keeffe (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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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.


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