Student Grant Scheme Reform

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce a capital assets test for means testing eligibility for third level student maintenance grants; the budget savings, if any, he has factored into his 2013 budget figures from any measures he may plan to introduce. [56665/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The Deputy will be aware that, following agreement in principle by the Government to broaden the current means testing arrangements for student grants by way of inclusion of the value of capital assets, I set up a dedicated implementation group to bring forward detailed proposals for implementation in 2013.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 December]

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