Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Questions (105)

Robert Troy


105. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if residents of an accommodation centre are eligible for a SUSI grant or other educational grants. [27146/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Pilot Support Scheme was introduced by my Department in 2015 for students who are in the Protection System or at the Leave to Remain (but not deportation order) stage. This was one of the recommendations contained in the report by the Working Group on the Protection Process which was chaired by former High Court judge Dr Bryan McMahon.

The scheme provides supports to qualifying students which are similar to those available in the statutory based Student Grant Scheme.

Following a review of the Pilot Support Scheme 2018, I announced my decision to continue the scheme for the 2019/20 academic year and to undertake a further review in 2020.

To qualify for the pilot scheme, prospective students have to meet a number of criteria, including a requirement to:

- Meet the definition of a protection applicant or a person at leave to remain stage (other than those at the deportation order stage);

- Obtained their Leaving Certificate;

- Have been accepted on an approved Post Leaving Certificate course or an approved undergraduate course;

- Have attended a minimum of three academic years in the Irish school system and have been part of an application for protection or leave to remain for a combined period of 3 years prior to the 31st of August of the first year of their course.