Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Department of Education and Skills
Student Universal Support Ireland
232. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to decrease the qualifying criteria for the non-adjacent rate of the SUSI grant from 45km to 24km; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23024/20]
The Student Grant Scheme, administered by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), provides grant assistance to eligible students attending an approved course at an approved institution who meet the prescribed conditions of funding, including those relating to nationality, residency, previous academic attainment and means.
Student maintenance grants are payable at either the adjacent or non-adjacent rate. The distance to be measured is the shortest non-tolled most direct route from the student’s residence to the institution attended. The adjacent rate of maintenance grant is payable in the case of students whose normal residence is 45km or less from the approved institution which he or she is attending. The non-adjacent rate of maintenance grant is payable in all other cases.
The current qualifying distance of 45km for the higher non-adjacent rate of student grant, takes into account a reasonable radius within which students may commute on a daily basis.
The Deputy will appreciate that the funding allocation for the student grant scheme is determined in the context of the overall estimates and budgetary process undertaken by all Government Departments. However, all proposals made in relation to SUSI grant expenditure will be considered in the context of Budget 2021, having regard to overall resource constraints and other competing demands in the further and higher education sector.
233. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated number of students that will be affected by changing the SUSI adjacency rates from 45km to 25km, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23025/20]
The data provided in the table attached is the estimated number of students that would be affected by changing the SUSI adjacency rates from 45km to 25km.
|Maintenance Grant Rate||Students distance is measured between 25km and 45km|
|Special Rate|| |
|100% Ordinary Rate|| |
|75% Ordinary Rate|| |
|50% Ordinary Rate|| |
|25% Ordinary Rate|| |
|Grand Total|| |