Thursday, 12 February 2015
Department of Education and Skills
Student Grant Scheme Representations
214. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason Student Universal Support Ireland are using a mountain pass, a route which is primarily used during summer as a tourist attraction and would be impassable during winter months, as an acceptable route in its assessment of a student grant application; if she will use her discretion in this particular case in view of the facts; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6379/15]
As part of a comprehensive customer service and communications strategy provided by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), to ensure that all necessary avenues are open to applicants to receive the information they need, a dedicated email and phone line service is provided by SUSI for Oireachtas members. This was established to meet an identified need for applicants who choose to engage the assistance of their public representatives in making enquiries about their grant applications.
This service compliments the established channels provided by SUSI which include online application tracking, a dedicated website, a telephone helpdesk, email and social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
Enquiries may be emailed direct to SUSI at firstname.lastname@example.org. SUSI are responding to email queries within a matter of days.
If an individual applicant considers that she/he has been unjustly refused a student grant, or that the rate of grant awarded is not the correct one, she/he may appeal, in the first instance, to SUSI.
Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down in writing by SUSI and remains of the view that the scheme has not been interpreted correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to the independent Student Grants Appeals Board.