Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (329)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

329. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of extending grant support to postgraduate students. [35254/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

If the maintenance grants and eligibility for full fees were reintroduced for postgraduate students, along similar lines to those for undergraduate students, the total estimated cost would be approximately €44m.

This costing assumes that the actual number of postgraduate grant holders (2,194 in 2018/19) will increase to the level prior to the introduction of the 2012 Budget measure (6,027 students). It also assumes that students will qualify for the higher fee and maintenance grants.