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Grant Payments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 30 September 2010

Thursday, 30 September 2010

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Noel Ahern

Ceist:

96 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34265/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education)

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant assessing authority, i.e. the applicant's local authority or VEC. An applicant may appeal the decision to the relevant local authority or VEC.

Where the assessing authority decides to reject the appeal, the applicant may appeal this decision to my Department by submitting an appeal form outlining clearly the grounds for the appeal.

No appeal has been received by my Department to date from the candidate referred to by the Deputy.

The candidate referred to by the Deputy should apply to her local authority or VEC to establish her entitlement to a student grant for 2010/2011 academic year.

There is no exemption for medical card holders for registration fees at third level. Medical card holders may be eligible for assistance under the student grant schemes provided that they satisfy all the terms and conditions of the scheme but eligibility is not automatically conferred. However, for students pursuing FETAC approved PLC courses there is an exemption for medical card holders and social welfare recipients from paying FETAC certification fees.

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