Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (109)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

109. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an appeal in respect of an application for higher education grant in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare whose examination results are currently being withheld due to the pending appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29696/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that requested additional documentation was incomplete. The applicant referred to by the Deputy was issued with a decision in May, 2013 advising him that he was deemed ineligible to receive a grant. SUSI also confirmed that to date they have not received an appeal from the applicant.

If an individual applicant considers that she/he has been unjustly refused a student grant, she/he may appeal, in the first instance, to the appeals officer in SUSI.

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down in writing by SUSI and remains of the view that the scheme has not been interpreted correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to the independent Student Grant Appeals Board. The relevant appeal form will be available on request from SUSI.