Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (331)

Paschal Donohoe


331. Deputy Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of applicants to Student Universal Support Ireland seeking grant support who failed to complete the previous academic year; if SUSI monitors the attendance of students in receipt of support grants regarding lectures throughout the academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31935/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

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.