Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (99)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

99. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the total number of student higher education grant applications received by Student Universal Support Ireland in respect of the 2012/2013 academic year; the number approved, refused or pending to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12199/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I understand from Student Universal Support Ireland that they are up to date with processing all completed applications. Applications are not complete until all of the required supporting documentation has been submitted by the applicant. The number of initial online applications submitted to SUSI to date is 69,402 which represents a very substantial increase of over 20% on the 57,635 applications submitted as of January last year. However, the number of complete applications (those with all of the required documentation submitted) is 56,384. As of 3 March 2013, 36,317 applications have been awarded or provisionally awarded and 19,604 have been refused or cancelled. The remaining 463 applications are currently with SUSI for processing. There are 13,018 incomplete applications. SUSI has contacted most of those applicants to provide a final opportunity to submit outstanding documentation before the remaining incomplete applications are closed out.