Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (145, 146, 147, 148)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

145. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of appeals broken down on a county basis received to date by Student Universal Support Ireland for student grants; the length of time it is taking to assess and make a decision on an appeal in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49196/12]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

146. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the current waiting time for an application to the higher education grant Student Universal Support Ireland system to be processed; the current waiting time for the processing of appeals to same broken down on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49197/12]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

147. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of student grants broken down on a county basis approved to date by the higher education grant Student Universal Support Ireland system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49198/12]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

148. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of student grants broken down on a county basis that have yet to be approved by the higher education grant Student Universal Support Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49199/12]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 145 to 148, inclusive, together.The following table provides a breakdown on a county basis of the status of the student grant applications received by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), the new centralised grant awarding authority. The tables includes those currently under appeal to SUSI. It gives the position for student grant applications for attendance at both further and higher education. The waiting time for processing a student grant application by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) varies, depending on a number of factors including the volume of applications received at any given time, the complexity of the grant applicants circumstances, and time taken by the applicant to submit all the required documentary evidence to enable a final decision to be made on an application. Every effort is made to ensure that students get decisions on their grant applications as soon as possible.

Appeals received by SUSI are dealt with in date order and the waiting time for decisions on appeals can vary depending on the complexity of the grant applicants circumstances which are under appeal. SUSI aims to issue determinations on appeals as promptly as possible and within the specified timeframes defined in the Student Support Act, 2011.

SUSI Applications - Processing position by County

County

Awarded

Appealed to SUSI

Cancelled/ Refused

Final Review/ Awaiting Course Acceptance

Awaiting Provisional Assessment (New Applications after closing date)

Reviewed and Supporting Documentation Requested

Total Applications

Carlow

120

14

116

130

83

488

951

Cavan

157

20

174

192

84

678

1305

Clare

208

33

213

266

109

909

1738

Cork

666

100

964

809

642

3565

6746

Donegal

397

38

334

445

158

1466

2838

Dublin

1187

183

2205

1539

1294

7264

13672

Galway

461

72

534

541

351

2374

4333

Kerry

258

42

316

335

201

1293

2445

Kildare

284

46

465

303

180

1388

2666

Kilkenny

150

17

178

168

99

763

1375

Laois

126

17

138

128

70

555

1034

Leitrim

67

10

75

88

36

356

632

Limerick

295

36

381

347

231

1512

2802

Longford

80

5

93

87

53

430

748

Louth

245

48

249

255

213

1088

2098

Mayo

263

23

297

363

194

1294

2434

Meath

263

37

341

309

179

1254

2383

Monaghan

123

21

144

151

57

598

1094

Offaly

173

22

176

162

53

628

1214

Roscommon

141

17

146

167

66

617

1154

Sligo

100

15

156

136

103

670

1180

Tipperary

291

48

366

334

160

1419

2618

Waterford

217

25

312

250

112

974

1890

Westmeath

219

29

254

229

75

840

1646

Wexford

323

43

331

318

123

1176

2314

Wicklow

220

37

313

204

124

1017

1915

Outside of Ireland

27

10

109

45

56

266

513

Sub Total

*7061

1008

9380

** 8301

5106

***34882

65738

Submitted online not yet downloaded

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382

 Total

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66120

* This figure does not include some 2,000 applications which have been awarded pending submission of final course details by the student

** This figure includes some 2,000 applications which have been awarded pending submission of final course details by the student.

*** This figure includes some 21,000 applications for which SUSI is awaiting documentation and some 15,000 on hand with SUSI which are being checked to ensure all documentation submitted is complete