Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (192)

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

192. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the change in grant payment to a person (details supplied) in County Galway. [14715/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under Budget 2011, the qualifying distance criterion for the non-adjacent rate of student grant increased from 24kms to 45kms. The proposal to amend the distance to qualify for the higher non-adjacent rate to 45km took into account a reasonable radius in which students could be expected to commute on a daily basis.

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter for an applicant's grant awarding authority. Where an applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the grant awarding authority, he/she may submit an appeal to have the decision reviewed.