Written answers

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Department of Education and Skills

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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262. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the entitlement of a person (details supplied) to a student grant in order to further the applicant's education and career progression. [17919/14]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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Under the terms of the student grant scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those relating to nationality, residency, progression and means.

To satisfy the terms and conditions of the student grant scheme in relation to progression, a student must be moving from year to year within a course having successfully completed the previous year or be transferring from one course to another where the award for the subsequent course is of a higher level than the previous course.

In relation to postgraduate courses in general there are two levels of grant aid. Those students who meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant under the Student Grant Scheme are eligible to have their post-graduate tuition fees paid up to the maximum fee limit of €6,270. Otherwise a postgraduate student may qualify to have a €2,000 contribution made towards the costs of their fees if he/she meets the income criteria. The income threshold for this payment is €31,500 for the 2013/14 academic year, increasing relative to the number of family dependents.

New students entering postgraduate courses from the 2012/13 academic year onwards are not entitled to maintenance payments under the Student Grant Scheme.

Tax relief is available on postgraduate tuition fees. Details in relation to this relief are available from the Revenue Commissioners.

If the student wishes to determine his/her eligibility for the 2014/15 academic year the student should submit an on-line grant application to Student Universal Support Ireland via www.susi.ie. when the on-line application system opens.

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