Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (461)

Jackie Cahill


461. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will request SUSI to review the application of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32166/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The awarding authority has advised my officials that the student in question has completed his undergraduate studies and is progressing to pursue a Masters’ in Education in the 2019/2020 academic year. Following an assessment, he was awarded a €2,000 fee contribution towards his postgraduate fees, as provided for in the 2019 Student Grant Scheme. 

If an individual applicant considers that he has been unjustly refused a student grant or that the rate of grant awarded is not the correct one, she/he may appeal, in the first instance, to an appeals officer in SUSI. Please note that there are statutory time limits for making an appeal.

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down in writing by an appeals officer and remains of the view that the scheme has not been interpreted correctly in his case, an appeal may be submitted by the applicant via www.studentgrantappeals.ie outlining the position to the independent Student Grants Appeals Board within the required timeframe.

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. Details of this fund are available from the Access Office in the third level institution attended. 

Tax relief also is available on postgraduate tuition fees. Details in relation to this relief are available from the Revenue Commissioners at www.revenue.ie