Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (233)

Dan Neville

Question:

233. Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding Student Universal Support Ireland applications in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5342/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that an application under change of circumstances was not accepted in the case of the students referred to by the Deputy because the drop in income occurred in 2012. Article 32 (2) provides for the acceptance of an application under change of circumstances where there is a fall in income between 1st January following the reference period (which was 2012 for the academic year 2013/14) and the end of the academic year. The closing date for online applications was 1st August 2013 and this was further extended to 19 November 2013. If the applicants wish to re-apply for a late application with greater detail of their change in circumstances SUSI will review their case. Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the awarding authority but not later that one month before the end of the academic year to which the application relates.