I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 and 136 together.
The decision on eligibility for new student grant applications is a matter for the central grant awarding authority SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). Under my Department's student grant scheme, students who are entering approved courses for the first time are eligible for grants where they satisfy the relevant conditions as to nationality, residency, previous academic attainment and means. The Deputy will appreciate that in the absence of all of the relevant details that would be contained in an individual's application in relation to nationality, residency, previous academic attainment and means it would not be possible for me to say whether or not a student would qualify for a grant. The student is advised to submit a fully completed online grant application to SUSI via studentfinance.ie to have his eligibility for grant assistance assessed. Further information on student grants is available on the studentfinance.ie website