Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (299)

Dara Calleary

Question:

299. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the process that applies to student grant applications in the event of a separation maintenance agreement being in place (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8074/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Deputy will appreciate that in the absence of the full details that would be contained in an individual application form, it is not possible for me to say whether or not the payment in question should be included as reckonable income for the students in question. In general, however, maintenance payments are reckonable income for student grant purposes. In common with all other sources of reckonable income, the full amount is taken into consideration for every individual student applying for a grant. However, the income limits for grant eligibility are increased relative to the number of students in a family applying for a grant.