Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (151)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

151. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will put in place a proper and fairer postgraduate loan scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41307/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I have no plans at present to introduce a loan scheme for postgraduate students. A number of financial institutions offer loans to assist students with costs associated with their studies. Following discussions with my Department, with support and advice from the National Treasury Management Agency, a specific loan initiative was introduced by Bank of Ireland in 2012 to provide finance for fees and living costs for postgraduate students.