Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (432)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

432. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of SUSI grant applications made for the 2019-2020 term; the number granted and refused, respectively to date; the number of appeals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36190/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Up to the week ending 1st September 2019, the total number of SUSI applications for the 2019/20 academic year was 89,400.  Of these, a total of 74,400 had received an initial assessment decision with 63,000 assessed as eligible for grant support, 9,500 refused grant support and 1,900 applications cancelled.

With regard to appeals, it is open to any applicant to appeal a decision. Some applicants appeal a decision not to award a grant, while others appeal the value of the grant awarded. Up to week ending 1st September 2019, a total of 2,486 decisions were appealed to an appeals officer in SUSI.