Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (187)

Dinny McGinley

Question:

289 Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Education and Science if a higher education grant will be approved for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. [25699/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

Under the terms of my Department's higher education grants scheme, a student is not eligible for grant assistance in respect of a second period of study at the same level, irrespective of whether or not a grant was paid previously. The scheme also provides that grants may not be paid to candidates who already hold a postgraduate qualification and are pursuing a second postgraduate qualification.

Notwithstanding this condition, candidates who already hold a postgraduate qualification and are progressing to a further postgraduate course at a higher level, which represents progression from the level at which the previous postgraduate qualification or qualifications was attained, may be deemed eligible for grant aid.

In the case cited by the Deputy, the student support unit of my Department has contacted the relevant awarding authority and has requested a copy of all documentation submitted in respect of the student's grant application. My Department will be in a position to consider the case fully upon receipt of this information and will notify the Deputy directly of the decision.