Payment of Grants

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the date on which third level grants will be paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter.” [42479/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The process of assessing and paying third level or further education grants is a matter for the relevant grant awarding authority, i.e. local authority, VEC or SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) as appropriate.

“The timing of processing and payment of grants varies between the awarding authorities depending on a number of variables, including the volume of applications received, staffing resources and whether or not properly completed application forms have been submitted. Work prioritisation across different functions and the way in which available staff are deployed to execute those functions are matters for the management of each awarding authority concerned.

“Students and parents should ensure that all necessary supporting documentation is provided at the earliest date to assist the awarding bodies to make prompt decisions on entitlement.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 4 October]

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