Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (202)

Seán Fleming

Question:

202. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the grant, financial assistance or bursary available to Irish persons who wish to commence studying for nursing in a university (details supplied) in Scotland in September 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22241/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under the terms of the student grant scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those which relate to nationality, residency, approved course, previous academic attainment and means. Under my Department's student grant scheme, eligible candidates may receive funding provided they are attending an approved course at an approved institution. An approved course is defined as a full-time undergraduate course of at least two years duration or a full-time postgraduate course of not less than one year duration pursued in an approved institution.

Students who are attending undergraduate courses in an EU Member State can apply for a maintenance grant in respect of an approved course which is being pursued in an approved institution. The student grant scheme does not extend to postgraduate courses pursued outside of Ireland. To determine eligibility, a student may submit a fully completed online grant application to SUSI, via www.susi.ie. for the 2014/15 academic year. The online application system for 2014/15 is now open.