Written answers

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Department of Education and Skills

Student Grant Scheme

Photo of Carol NolanCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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168. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the savings that could be achieved if a capital means test was introduced for the student grant with a cut-off point for assets over €500,000, €750,000 and €1,000,000, excluding the family home, working farmland and business assets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18544/17]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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The Deputy will be aware that capital assets do not form part of the means assessment for a SUSI grant and as such, SUSI does not collect data on the capital assets of the persons whose income forms part of the means assessment. It is therefore difficult to accurately cost the Deputy’s proposals.


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