Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Department of Education and Skills
Student Grant Scheme Expenditure
The cost of reversing the change to the adjacent rate of the Student Grant, reducing it from 45 kilometres to 24 kilometres; is estimated to be in the region of €25m. This calculation is based on student grant holders for the academic year 2016/17.
Prior to the introduction of the 45 km rule, circa three-quarters of all maintenance grant holders qualified for the higher non-adjacent grant support. The above costing assumes that a change to the 24 km rule will result in a similar number of students qualifying for the higher non-adjacent grant support.