Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (215)

Imelda Munster

Ceist:

215. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the adequacy of the categorisation by SUSI of mature students as being dependent on their parents due to the fact they reside with them in cases in which they are independent financially and only living at home due to the fact they cannot afford to move out due to the housing crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51726/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

For student grant purposes, students are categorised according to their circumstances either as an independent student or a dependent student.

An applicant’s class is defined at his/her first point of entry or re-entry to an approved course and will continue for the duration of his/her studies.

In order to be classified as an independent applicant a student must:

- Be over 23 years of age on the first of January of the year in which s/he enters or re-enters an approved PLC or higher education course, and

- Not ordinarily reside with his/her parent(s) from October of the year before the first point of entry or re-entry to an approved higher education course.

If an individual applicant considers that she/he has been unjustly refused a student grant on the grounds of his/her initial classification as an independent or dependent student, she/he may appeal, in the first instance, to SUSI. Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down in writing by SUSI and remains of the view that the scheme has not been interpreted correctly in his/her case, an appeal, outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to the independent Student Grants Appeals Board at www.studentgrantappeals.ie within the required timeframe.

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down in writing by SUSI and remains of the view that the scheme has not been interpreted correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to the independent Student Grants Appeals Board within the required timeframe.