Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (374)

Kathleen Funchion

Ceist:

374. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing the special rate of the student grant by 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%, respectively. [31675/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Figures for the 2018/19 academic year are not yet finalised.  In 2017/18, there were 21,798 students in receipt of the special rate of maintenance grant. Based on these statistics, the estimated cost of increasing the special rate of maintenance grant by 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% would be circa €5m, €9m, €13m and €18m respectively.