Written answers

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Department of Education and Science

Higher Education Grants

5:00 am

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 67: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be awarded the third level maintenance grant as the non-payment of this grant is causing financial hardship. [3174/11]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Minister, Department of Health and Children; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant grant awarding authority i.e. the applicant's local authority or VEC. Where a grant application is refused, the reason for the refusal is given by the grant awarding authority. An applicant may appeal the decision to the relevant local authority or VEC. Where the grant awarding authority decides to reject the appeal, the applicant may appeal this decision to my Department by submitting an appeal form outlining clearly the grounds for the appeal. No appeal has been received by my Department to date from the candidate referred to by the Deputy.


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