Student Grant Scheme Payments – Overpayment of Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Charlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been a number of write-offs with regard to recouping paid funds in each of the years since SUSI was formed in relation to discovered overpayment of maintenance grants by SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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New figures expose class divide in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to three-quarters of students in some of the State’s colleges are reliant on grant support, according to new figures that highlight the scale of the class divide in Irish higher education. School-leavers from more affluent backgrounds are much more likely to have places in universities offering high-points degrees …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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76,000 student grants paid so far, Susi says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Student grant body Susi has awarded third-level and maintenance funding to 76,000 students so far this academic year, an increase of 14,000 on the same period last year …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 27 October]

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205 studying CAO courses in private colleges missing out on Susi grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 200 third-level students who meet the criteria for a grant are losing out – because they are studying in private colleges. The students are on CAO courses in institutions such as Griffith College and DBS, Dublin, where typical fees are about €5,000 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 October]

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Meeting of the Committee on Education and Skills, Thursday 13 October 2016

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

Ireland“Meeting of the Committee on Education and Skills, Thursday 13 October 2016, Webcast Recording. CR1, LH 2000, 9.00 a.m. Non-payment of maintenance grants to students attending private higher education colleges [Representatives from Wake Up SUSI] and Engagement with Mr Michael Horgan, Chairperson Designate, Higher Education Authority (HEA)” (video).

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 13 October]

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Education Committee to meet with ‘Wake Up SUSI’ campaign group and the Chair designate of the HEA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Joint Committee on Education and Skills will convene tomorrow to consider a number of important issues. The Committee will consider motions in the names of Deputies Thomas Byrne and Catherine Martin, and amended motions in the name of Deputy Jim Daly, regarding the 10% loss of marks in the Junior Certificate English Examination for students in ASTI staffed school …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 12 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the restoration of postgraduate grants and their necessity to open up access to postgraduate studies and to ensure that a steady stream of persons achieve a postgraduate qualification for societal good and to ensure attractiveness to foreign investors …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 4 October]

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Record 30,000 students to receive first grant payments

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A record 30,000 third-level students were due to receive their first grant payments from Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi) yesterday. The payments totalling €9.6m will be of particular help to those who have had to pay rent deposits and other up-front costs at the beginning of term …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 September]

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Students’ union tells government to heed advice on grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government should take the advice of experts who have recommended increases in the amounts paid in college grants, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said. USI president Annie Hoey was responding to the figures from the Irish League of Credit Unions which suggest 60% of parents are getting into debt to fund their children’s third-level education …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 August]

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More than 14,000 school-leavers already approved for Susi grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 14,000 Leaving Certificate students getting their results tomorrow already know they have a college grant. It is the first time that school-leavers have received grant approval before receiving a college offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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Discussions Over Grants Provide an Opportunity to Bring Postgraduate Issues Back Into the Mainstream

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The lack of maintenance grants is not the only issue faced by postgraduate students, who are too often seen as peripheral figures in debates dominated by undergraduate concerns …” (more)

[University Times, 14 August]

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With Student Numbers Falling, Fianna Fáil Joins Unions Calling for Reintroduction of Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With the numbers of postgraduate students falling in Ireland, Fianna Fail have echoed the long-held concerns of student groups, calling on the government to reverse the ‘appallingly regressive’ removal of postgraduate maintenance grants by the previous Fine Gael-Labour coalition in 2012 …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 9 August]

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USI backs calls for reintroduction of postgraduate grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for Ireland’s political parties to band together in order to honour pledges made in their General Election manifestos to reinstate grants for postgraduate students …” (more)

[Aaron Gallagher, The College View, 9 August]

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Restoring postgraduate grants ‘absolutely essential’ says FF

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil says the reintroduction of grants for thousands of postgraduate students is ‘absolutely essential’. Restoring the grants, axed during a round of austerity-era cost-cutting, is estimated to cost about €50 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is aware of full-time students that applied via the Central Applications Office for a State approved Quality and Qualifications Ireland degree in third level institutions such as Dublin Business School and Griffith College, Dublin that cannot apply for a Student Universal Support Ireland grant; his plans to extend the availability of the grant to students at these third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 July]

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FF leader signals party to seek more third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has indicated his party will be seeking increased third-level funding in the October budget. Mr Martin told the Dáil on Wednesday the Government should reflect on the need for ‘significantly increased State funding’ for the sector. He called for the restoration of grants to post-graduate students …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration – Backlog

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 15th, 2016 by steve

IrelandNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if extra staff are being brought into the Student Universal Support Ireland offices in 2016 to deal with the application process; if he envisages a backlog; how long applicants will be waiting on applications to be processed; when it is likely grants will be paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Level of student grants ‘should increase significantly’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Significant increases in the grants paid to students and restoring supports for postgraduate students have been recommended by the expert group on third-level funding. The Cassells report on third-level funding says student grants should be increased. It says that the poorest families should benefit from the more significant hikes in rates in order to help address the difficulties faced by students, particularly those studying away from home …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 July]

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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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Sophie eligible but still denied college grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Cork teen who was denied a college grant, despite meeting the eligibility criteria of the means test, has started a protest campaign. Sophie Wright, 19, from Dillon’s Cross, has learned that students who attend private colleges are disqualified from receiving maintenance grants allocated by SUSI …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 8 July]

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