Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (499)

John Brassil


499. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider a comprehensive review of the SUSI grant scheme with a view to increasing expenditure on grants and expanding income eligibility brackets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36761/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In 2019, €404.45m was provided for in the Revised Estimates Volume (REV) for student support and related expenditure. It is anticipated that circa €380m of this funding will be spent on SUSI grants and related activities.

The funding allocation for student grants is determined in the context of the overall Estimates and Budgetary process undertaken by all Government Departments.  It would not be appropriate to comment on specific issues or proposals including those relating to student grants at this stage.

However, all proposals made in relation to education expenditure will be considered in the context of Budget 2020, having regard to overall resource constraints and other competing demands in the education sector.