Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (261)

Gerald Nash

Question:

261. Deputy Gerald Nash asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the review of the decision not to award a higher education grant to a person (details supplied) in County Louth on the basis that they were not attending a full time course when the college had provided confirmation that the course is in fact full time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30272/13]

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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 13th June 2013 advising her that she was deemed ineligible to receive a grant. 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.