Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (275)

Carol Nolan


275. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase the earnings limit for third level students to allow them work more hours in part-time jobs without losing their grants. [18706/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The assessment of means under the Student Grant Scheme is based on gross income from all sources, with certain social welfare and health service executive payments being exempt.

In the assessment of means, a deduction can be made for “Holiday Earnings” earned by the applicant from employment outside of term time but within the reference period for the assessment of income for student grant purposes.

The value of the Holiday Earnings income disregard was increased from €3,809 to €4,500 under the Student Grant Scheme 2016.

The 2019 Student Grant Scheme opened for applications on 25 April 2019. The Holiday Earnings income disregard threshold in the 2019 Scheme is set at €4,500.