Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (320)

Seán Kenny

Question:

320. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason it has taken over a year to receive a grant decision in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31747/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that the applicant referred to by the Deputy was issued with a decision on the 28th May 2013 advising her that she was deemed ineligible to receive a grant. I understand from SUSI that incomplete documentation had been received.

If an individual applicant considers that she/he has been unjustly refused a student grant, or that the rate of grant awarded is not the correct one, she/he may appeal, in the first instance, to SUSI. Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down, in writing, by SUSI, and remains of the view that SUSI has not interpreted the scheme correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to the Student Grant Appeals Board. The relevant appeal form will be available on request from SUSI.