Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (375)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

375. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing the special rate of the student grant by €30 per week for term time. [31676/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Figures for the 2018/19 academic year are not yet finalised.  However, in 2017/18 there were 21,798 students in receipt of the special rate. Therefore, the cost of paying these students an additional €30 per week based on a 36 week period, would cost approximately €24m.