Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (226)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

226. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason it was not possible to advise a person (details supplied) who applied to Student Universal Support Ireland on what is an approved course under section 8 of the Student Support Act 2011 and regulation 4 of the Student Grant Regulations 2012 at the time of initial application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11690/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The new student grant system as currently designed endeavours to identify those who are not eligible for a student grant at the initial stage. However, on the basis of the information on the application form a person may appear eligible, but when the documentary evidence comes in (or is not submitted, as the case may be), the person can be deemed ineligible at that point. The timely notification of early refusal decisions will remain a high priority for future improvements to the process of assessing student grants.