Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (303, 304)

Paul Connaughton

Question:

303. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is the case that Student Universal Support Ireland appeals can take up to 30 days for the application to be approved for appeal and that the appeal can take a further 30 days in order that persons now in the system may be facing a further delay of two months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8093/13]

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Paul Connaughton

Question:

304. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a person (details supplied) in County Galway who completed the first year of a course failed an exam and repeated five months of first year is ineligible for a Student Universal Support Ireland grant for first year, or alternatively for first year and five months of second year, in view of the fact that their period of study never extended into second year of the first course and no grant was obtained for either five months repeat period or the first year of the course now being studied; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8095/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 303 and 304 together.

My officials understand from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that the grant application from the student in question was unsuccessful and that she appealed this decision to its appeals officer on 30th January 2013. The decision of the appeals officer issued to the student on 18th February 2013 which is within the 30 day statutory timeframe set down in the Student Support Act 2011.

The student's application is currently being re-assessed on foot of the appeals officer's decision and the outcome will be communicated to the student as promptly as possible. The Deputy will appreciate that in the absence of all of the relevant details that would be contained in an individual's application, including those relating to repeat periods of study, it would not be possible for me to say whether or not a student would qualify for a grant.