Written answers

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Department of Education and Skills

Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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173. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if eligibility for a higher education grant may be reviewed in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow in view of the fact that their application for naturalisation is pending; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46665/14]

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
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Article 32 of the Student Grant Scheme 2013 provides for the review of eligibility for the award of grant assistance in the event of changes of circumstances in the academic year, including a change in relation to a student's nationality or immigration status. This means that where a student acquires Irish citizenship by naturalisation, or is granted permission to remain, provided for in the Act or Regulations, during the course of their studies, he/she may apply to SUSI to have his/her application re-assessed. The link for requesting a review of the application of the student referred to by the Deputy is .

Any award the applicant may be eligible for as a result of a change in her immigration status will take effect from the date on which the change occurs, i.e. the date the student attends her naturalisation ceremony.


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