Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (228)

Catherine Murphy


228. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost per application in the administration of processing each application for grant assistance through the Student Universal Support Ireland application process; the length of time taken to arrive at each decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11694/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The information requested by the Deputy will not be available until the processing of student grant applications for the 2012/13 academic year has been fully completed by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). SUSI has commenced a close out operation for these outstanding applications to enable it to prepare the system for the next academic year. In this regard, my officials are informed by SUSI that as at the 3rd March 2013, supporting documentation is awaited from 13, 018 students –5,808 of whom have not yet provided any documentation. SUSI is in the course of offering students that still wish to proceed with their grant applications a final opportunity to submit the documentation that SUSI has requested, before they close out these applications.