Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (328)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

328. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of extending grant support to part-time students at third level. [35253/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Based on the Higher Education Authority (HEA) statistical data of part-time undergraduate and part-time enrolments in all HEA funded institutions for the 2017/18 academic year, there were 23,794 part-time undergraduate students and 16,307 part-time postgraduate students.

If maintenance and fee grants were introduced for part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students along similar lines to those for full-time students, and similar numbers qualify for support, then the estimated cost would be in the region of €56m.