Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Questions (461)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

461. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will qualify for the higher education grant despite being found ineligible under Article 15(7)(c)(i) of the student grant scheme legislation as they had to take a year out from study due to medical reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38901/12]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The decision on eligibility for new student grant applications from the 2012/13 academic year is a matter for the centralised grant awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), a division of the City of Dublin VEC. If an individual applicant considers that she/he has been unjustly refused a student grant, or that the rate of grant awarded is not the correct one, she/he may appeal, in the first instance, to SUSI. Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down in writing by SUSI and remains of the view that SUSI has not interpreted the scheme correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to the independent Student Grant Appeals Board. The relevant appeal form will be available on request from SUSI.