Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (230)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

230. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22446/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland SUSI) that the student referred to by the Deputy was originally awarded a full maintenance grant, including Student Contribution fee of €2,500. It subsequently came to light from documentation that the student submitted that he had previously attended, but not completed an undergraduate Level 7 course from September 2008-January 2009 i.e. 5 months and therefore he is required under Section 15(7)(b)(i) to complete an equivalent period of study on his current course before being eligible to receive funding under the Student Grant Scheme. Accordingly the student is entitled to 44% of the student contribution fee - amounting to €1,100 and this amount has been paid by SUSI.