Student Grant Scheme: Capital Means Test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the savings that could be achieved if a capital means test was introduced for the student grant with a cut-off point for assets over €500,000, €750,000 and €1,000,000, excluding the family home, working farmland and business assets; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 April]

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Families could face new asset test for student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Families could face a controversial new capital asset test under reforms aimed at making the student grants system fairer. The proposal, contained in the Cassells report on funding higher education published this week, is likely to face opposition among farmers and other groups who may have low declared incomes but significant assets …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Student grant figures highlight low farming incomes, say IFA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Figures showing students from rural counties are more likely to get a third-level grant than those in Dublin serve to highlight the low level of income on farms, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Student grants: Resistance to assets means test delays reform

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Reform of the student grant scheme has been on the education agenda for decades, but successive governments have shied away from taking action, the Fine Gael-Labour Coalition being no exception …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Farm Assets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 26th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if plans to include the family farm in means test assessments for third level support have now been discontinued; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 26 November]

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Capital assets still included in student grant applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 18th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn insists he will still have capital assets included in deciding student grant applications, despite opposition of Fine Gael to the plan. But it will be at least 2015 before there will be any changes, which in December 2011 he said would kick in for students in third level this year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons currently in receipt of a student maintenance grant at third level …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 1 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Capital Assets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a guarantee that he has shelved plans to include assets such as farmland and business premises in the means tests for third level students …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Design – Farming Families

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will assess the land of farming families as an asset to be considered under the application process for a student grant …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 June]

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Quinn contradicts Hayes on means-test for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has said plans to include farm or business assets in the means-test for third level grants are ‘still on the table’. Yesterday, the new Junior Agriculture Minister Tom Hayes said the proposals had been ‘dropped’ …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 June]

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Quinn slaps down new minister in row over means-testing of grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has reignited the coalition row over the means testing of student grants by criticising the newly-appointed Fine Gael junior minister Tom Hayes …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 6 June]

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New FG junior minister says Quinn grants plan has been ‘dealt with’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael’s newly appointed junior minister for agriculture says a plan to means-test assets as part of the process for student grant applications has been dropped – in spite of Education Minister Ruairí Quinn’s assertion that it’s still on the coalition’s agenda …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 June]

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Ruairi Quinn: Plan to change means test for student grants ‘not dead’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has insisted that he has not given up on changing the means test for student grants …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 5 June]

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FG revolt ends Quinn reforms of means test for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has been forced to shelve plans to change the student grants means test due to a Fine Gael backbench revolt …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 5 June]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Capital Assets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to include capital assets in assessing maintenance grant eligibility; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 28 May]

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Student grant row is fed by jealousy and loose pub talk

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2013 by steve

“The current controversy caused by Minister Ruairi Quinn’s proposal to introduce an asset means test for the parents of students applying for third-level grants is of little surprise. And as usual, it is informed by lots of anecdotal evidence and none of the research that is needed to make a more informed decision …” (more)

[Independent, 13 March]

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Higher Education Grants Eligibility Criteria – Farmland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the report of the capital asset implementation group will go to Cabinet; if he is considering proposals that children from a farm with net assets of more than €750,000 will be excluded from third level maintenance grants; where such a figure originated from; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Questions, 7 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Reform – Farmland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on proposals to include productive assets, such as farmland, as part of the assessment for third level grant eligibility; and if he will respond to the views expressed by the Irish Farmers’ Association who have described the methodology for inputting additional household income based on asset values of €750,000 as completely flawed and a proposal that will arbitrarily discriminate against farm families …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 March]

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Quinn: harder for farmers to rig student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has admitted it is ‘less likely’ that farmers and businesspeople can manipulate their accounts to get student grants for their children …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 8 March]

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Minister insists no decision yet made on grants system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2013 by steve

“Any Cabinet decision changing eligibility for third-level maintenance grants will require legislation, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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