Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (470)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

470. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the options available in regard to a higher education grant in the case of a person (details supplied); if they can qualify for a course at level 6; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36587/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My officials have been advised by SUSI that a decision on her grant application issued on 12 August 2019.

Under the terms of the Student Grant Scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students attending an approved course in an approved institution who meet the prescribed conditions of funding, including those relating to nationality, residency, previous academic attainment and means.

If an individual applicant considers that she/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, not later than 30 days after receipt of the decision. 

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down in writing by an appeals officer in SUSI and remains of the view that the scheme has not been interpreted correctly in his/her case, an appeal may be submitted to the independent Student Grants Appeals Board within the required timeframe (i.e., not later than 30 days after the notification of the determination of the appeals officer to the applicant). Such appeals can be made by the appellant on line via www.studentgrantappeals.ie.