Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (89)

Charlie McConalogue


89. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to the total of some 40,000 student grants awarded by Student Universal Support Ireland up to end October 2013, the number of those that were renewals; the number that were first-time applications; of the remaining applications to be processed, the number that are renewed; the number that are first time applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51052/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I am informed by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that SUSI had awarded some 43,000 students up to the end of October. Of these 23,000 were first-time applicants and 20,000 were renewal students. The remaining students with outstanding documentation are being requested to return their documentation as soon as possible so that assessment of their applications can be completed. As at close of business on 24 November 2013, for the 2013/14 academic year 68,073 new applications and 23,495 renewal application had been received by SUSI. Of these 31,931 new applications have been awarded or provisionally awarded and 20,017 renewal applications have been awarded. SUSI is awaiting supporting documentation from 16,413 new applicants and 701 renewal applicants.