Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (250)

Michelle Mulherin

Question:

250. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application to Student Universal Support Ireland in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; if the application will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30205/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland that the applicant referred to by the Deputy was issued with a decision on the 30th May 2013 advising her that she was deemed ineligible to receive a grant.

SUSI also confirmed that on the 19th of June they had received further documents from the applicant and they are currently being examined and the student will be notified directly by SUSI of the outcome in the coming days.

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.