The information in relation to students who dropped out of college is not available. The Deputy would be aware that affordability is just one of the factors that impact on students, continued participation in higher education. There are a range of wider factors that also impact on participation, including social and cultural issues, prior academic attainment and teacher and parental expectations. Students awarded a grant are paid the maintenance element subject to confirmation and verification of attendance from the institution being attended. Student Universal Support Ireland receives confirmation of satisfactory attendance from the further education sector on a monthly basis and from the higher education sector on a semester basis. Students who have previously attended, but not completed an approved course of study are required to complete an equivalent period of study on an approved course before being eligible to be considered for a grant.