Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Student Grant Scheme

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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175. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment made to students in 2020 will affect student grants in the academic year 2021/2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5715/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter for the centralised student grant awarding authority SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) to determine. 

The online application process for student grant applications for the 2020/21 academic year is due to open on 23rd April, 2020. Further information in relation to student grant assistance is available from SUSI’s website, www.susi.ie

The eligibility criteria for student grants are reviewed annually by the Department and approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. 

All proposals made in relation to education expenditure, including student grants for the 2021/22 academic year, will be considered in the context of Budget 2021.

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