Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (195)

Michael McCarthy


195. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a student grant will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14745/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with the awarding authority, Cork County Council, that the student referred to by the Deputy was awarded 50% registration fees for the academic year 2013/14. The student was not awarded a grant towards maintenance as the income was over the income threshold.

If an individual applicant considers that she/he has been unjustly refused a student grant, she/he may appeal, in the first instance, to the appeals officer in the awarding authority.

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down in writing by the awarding authority and remains of the view that the scheme has not been interpreted correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to my Department.