Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (93)

Michael Ring

Question:

93. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a review of a student grant application for the academic year 2012-13 will be completed for a person (details supplied), considering that correspondence to SUSI on this case has not been responded to; and if he will make a full and final reply on the matter. [35635/13]

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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 26th February 2013 awarding her a grant. This decision was reviewed on the basis of a change of circumstances and on 5th July 2013 a letter issued upholding the original award. Where 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.