Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (201)

Charlie McConalogue


201. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the funding he will allocate to the student assistance fund for the academic year beginning September 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12327/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Third Level Access Measure comprises two sub-priorities: the Student Assistance Fund and the Fund for Students with Disabilities. The overall value of the Fund for the 2013/14 academic year is €16.2m.

The management of the Third Level Access Measure Fund rests with the Higher Education Authority and the allocation of funding for the sub-priorities in a particular year is a matter for that authority. The value of the Student Assistance Fund for the 2013/14 academic year will not be known until the HEA takes a decision in this matter, as normal, in the run up to the commencement of that academic year.