Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (129)

Maurice Quinlivan


129. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there are financial supports to assist persons in employment in going back to education to study for a higher qualification; if not, if consideration will be given to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28775/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The main support available to students is the statutory based SUSI grant scheme. The scheme supported circa 78,000 students in 2018/19.

Under the terms of the student grant scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those relating to nationality, residency, previous academic attainment and means. Funding is available to students who meet the above criteria and are attending approved full-time courses in approved institutions, part time courses are not covered by the scheme

If a student is pursuing part-time studies then tax relief at the standard rate of tax may be claimed in respect of tuition fees paid for approved courses at approved colleges of higher education, including approved undergraduate and postgraduate courses in EU Member States. Further information on this tax relief is available from the Revenue Commissioners at