Written answers

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Department of Education and Skills

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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84. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding entitlement to a higher education grant in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45961/19]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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My officials were advised by the awarding authority that the Appeals Officer in SUSI has determined that further documents are required in order to fully assess this student's application. The awarding authority issued a letter to the student in question on the 24thof October 2019 requesting additional documentation which I understand is still outstanding.

Under the terms of the Student Grant Scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students attending an approved course in an approved institution who meet the prescribed conditions of funding, including those relating to nationality, residency, previous academic attainment and means.

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter, in the first instance, for SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) to determine. When the student submits the additional documentation, a determination will be made on the student’s eligibility for grant support.

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