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Higher Education Grants.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 3 April 2008

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Ceisteanna (195)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

196 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason a higher education grant has been refused in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who is pursuing a course, not available here, at Wolverhampton University; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12727/08]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

The decision on eligibility for third level grants is a matter for the relevant assessing authority. These bodies do not refer individual applications to my Department except, in exceptional cases, where, for example, advice or instruction regarding a particular clause in the relevant scheme is required.

If an individual applicant considers that she/he has been unjustly refused a maintenance grant, or that the rate of grant awarded is not the correct one, she/he may appeal, in the first instance, to the relevant local authority or VEC. Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down, in writing, by the relevant local authority or VEC, and remains of the view that the body has not interpreted the schemes correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to my Department.

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