Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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246. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a person (details supplied) continues to qualify for a SUSI grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3112/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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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.

My officials have been advised by the awarding authority that the student in question made an application for grant support on 20 April 2019. The awarding authority wrote to the student on 30 April 2019 seeking additional information. Despite repeated requests via e-mail and text reminders during May and June 2019, the students did not respond. The awarding authority subsequently issued a refusal letter on 23 July 2019 to which the student did not appeal that decision. Therefore, the student is not eligible for support for the academic year 2019/20.

It is anticipated that the student grant scheme for 2020/21 will open in early April. If the student in question is of the belief that he will meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme then, he may apply for support for 2020/21.


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