Written answers

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Student Universal Support Ireland

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent)
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471. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will be made on an application by a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31481/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The student in question submitted an appeal to the independent Student Grant Appeals Board. The Board considered the appeal on 6 October 2020 and based on the supporting documentation submitted with the appeal the Board accepted the documentation as sufficient proof of parental separation. As a result the Board overturned the decision of the appeals officer in SUSI and referred the case back to the grant awarding authority for a full assessment of the grant application with reference to the applicant's and her father’s income only.

The awarding authority has advised that this application was reviewed on 13th October 2020. All documentation has been reviewed and evidence of separation has been accepted by the awarding authority. The applicant was issued an award letter on 15th October 2020.


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