Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Questions (135)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

135. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person's (details supplied) application to higher education access route, HEAR, did not meet the correct criteria to be considered for a placement, one of which is that they are not from a disadvantaged area. [33677/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The scheme is operated by a number of higher education institutions and not by my Department. Admissions to the institutions are regulated by the institutions themselves. The Deputy may wish to contact the Irish Universities Association in this instance. Further details in relation to the HEAR scheme are also available at www.accesscollege.ie.