Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (339)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

339. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the average income of the farming families whose children qualified for a student grant in 2012/2013 or for the most recent year available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8745/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Data is not collated on average incomes for any socio-economic group. Grant applications are means tested on gross income from all sources earned inside and outside the State within a specified reference period. Various income thresholds for a grant apply depending on the number of dependent children in a family and/or the number of children attending further and higher education. Any applicant from any sector of society, including farmers, below these threshold and who meets all of the other terms and conditions of the student grant scheme will qualify for a grant. A table outlining the income thresholds for the 2012/13 academic year follows.

SCHEDULE 1

Reckonable Income Limits for maintenance and fee grants for the 2012/13 academic year

Part A

1. Reckonable income limits:

The period 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011 is the reference period for the academic year 2012/13. The income limits that apply to tuition students relate to the fee elements only. A tuition student does not qualify for any maintenance grant.

Income Limits for Maintenance and Fee Grants - Table A

-

Maintenance

Maintenance

Maintenance

Maintenance

Maintenance

Maintenance

Maintenance

Maintenance

-

Special Rate*

100% Standard

Rate

75% Standard

Rate

50% Standard

Rate

25% Standard

Rate

Not payable

Not payable

Not payable

-

Fee elements:

Fee elements:

Fee elements:

Fee elements:

Fee elements:

Fee elements:

Fee elements:

Fee elements:

To qualify for

100% Tuition

Fees

100% Tuition

Fees

100% Tuition

Fees

100% Tuition

Fees

100% Tuition

Fees

50% Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees —

Not payable

Tuition Fees —

Not payable

To qualify for

100% Student

Contribution

100% Student

Contribution

100% Student

Contribution

100% Student

Contribution

100% Student

Contribution

100% Student

Contribution

50% Student

Contribution

50% Student

Contribution —

Not payable

To qualify for

Field Trip

Field Trip

Field Trip

Field Trip

Field Trip

Field Trip — Not

payable

Field Trip — Not

payable

Field Trip — Not

payable

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Postgraduate Fee

Contribution:

No. of dependent

children

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Payable

Less than 4

€22,703

€41,110

€42,235

€44,720

€47,205

€51,380

€55,920

€31,500

4 — 7

€22,703

€45,165

€46,415

€49,145

€51,880

€56,460

€61,440

€34,615

8 or more

€22,703

€49,045

€50,400

€53,360

€56,320

€61,295

€66,700

€37,580

Additional increments that may be applied to the income limits in Table A for Maintenance and Fee Grants - Table B**

+ increment for each additional relevant person

€0

+ €4,980

+ €4,815

+ €4,815

+ €4,815

+ €4,980

+ €4,980

+ €4,980

*To be eligible for the special rate of maintenance an applicant's reckonable income on 31 December 2011 must include an eligible payment listed in Schedule 2.

** Increments which may be applied to the relevant income limits