Report on the Third Level Student Grant System: Discussion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2013 by steve

Chairman: The next topic for the meeting is Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI. I welcome the delegation from SUSI who will address us today, at the committee’s invitation, and provide an update on the current position. I welcome Ms Jacinta Stewart …” (more)

[Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, 19 June]

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Promise of extra staff and need for fewer documents to process student grants

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

“Additional staffing to deal with student grant applications and reduced documentation requirements were promised yesterday after publication of a report into the serious delays which had caused hardship and uncertainty for many students left without cash …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2013 by steve

“The SUSI student grant application shambles continues to rumble on with thousands of students still waiting on their money. But who is to blame for the mess? …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 15 January]

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SUSI shambles an ‘adminstrative nightmare’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2013 by steve

“Reflecting on my time in third level education, I certainly would not have been capable of attending lectures if I was a SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) applicant waiting on confirmation today …” (more)

[TJ Clare, 8 January]

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Only third of students to get grant by Christmas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2012 by steve

“Just 13,500 of the 35,000 first-year students due a college grant will have been paid by Christmas, despite government promises of a faster, more efficient system …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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VEC officials blame students for third-level grant delays

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2012 by steve

“More than half of the delays in awarding student grants were caused by students themselves providing incomplete or incorrect information, administrators claimed yesterday …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Head of student grant system answers to Oireachtas Committee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 13th, 2012 by steve

“Jacinta Stewart, of the City of Dublin VEC, told the Oireachtas Education Committee why their grants are delayed. USI President John Logue and Labour TD Aodhan O’Riordán spoke to Drivetime …” (audio)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 13 November]

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Thousands of students wait for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Cat O’Driscoll, Vice President of Academic Affairs with the Union of Students of Ireland, and Jacinta Stewart, the Chief Executive of the City of Dublin VEC, talk about the long delays for students getting their grants.” (audio)

[RTÉ Drive Time, 1 November]

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