Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (143)

Fiona O'Loughlin


143. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if students can lose their SUSI grant if they register as homeless. [12560/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Student Grant Scheme, administered by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), provides grant assistance to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding, including those relating to nationality, residency, previous academic attainment and means.

Prospective applicants who register as homeless will not lose their grant, provided they continue to meet the eligibility criteria regarding means, nationality etc.

Students in third-level institutions experiencing exceptional financial need can apply for support under the Student Assistance Fund. This Fund assists students, in a sensitive and compassionate manner, who might otherwise be unable to continue their third level studies due to their financial circumstances. Information on the fund is available through the Access Officer in the third level institution attended. This fund is administered on a confidential, discretionary basis.