Student Grant Scheme Reform

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of restoring SUSI grant rates and thresholds to pre-2011 levels; and the number of estimated additional students that would be eligible under the scheme if grants were restored to these levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Payments: Maintenance Grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase funding for and make changes to the SUSI grant to deliver increases in grants for students in view of the rise in the costs of living; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Committee calls for grants to be made available at private colleges

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

Ireland“Hundreds of students from less well-off families who attend private third-level colleges in Ireland should be entitled to grants, an Oireachtas committee has recommended. Unlike the rest of the higher education sector, students at private colleges – such as Griffith College and Dublin Business School – are not entitled to grant support, even though these courses are approved by the State’s education quality watchdog, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) …” (more)

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

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Report on the eligibility of maintenance grants to students (Wake-up SUSI)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRecommendations: ‘… The Committee further recommends that, subject to the course and college being QQI approved, eligibility for a maintenance grant should be based on the means of the student rather than on the choice of college. This approach could result in an increase in competition among colleges and may reduce costs. The Committee further recommends that students enrolled at private colleges should, if eligible under the relevant SUSI criteria, be entitled to the same value of SUSI funding for payment of annual degree course fees that they would receive at an equivalent course in a state funded higher education institution. The Committee further recommends that students enrolled in private colleges should be entitled to access the Student Assistance Fund.’

Houses of the Oireachtas, Joint Committee on Education and Skills, Report on the eligibility of maintenance grants to students (Wake-up SUSI), September 2017.
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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure: Non-Adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of decreasing the non-adjacent rate of third level grants from 45 to 24 kilometres; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 September]

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Only two asylum seekers qualify for grant to support third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“15 asylum seekers sought a grant to attend third-level education in 2016, and two were successful. The number of those who applied also dropped from 39 in 2015 to 15 in 2016. The grant scheme is operated by the Department of Education to offer financial aid to school leavers who are in the protection scheme or have come through it …” (more)

[Niamh Keating, Trinity News, 15 September]

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Govt extends college grants scheme for asylum seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A college grants scheme for asylum seekers is being extended. The Education Minister Richard Bruton today announced the pilot student grant programme will continue for the new college year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 August]

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Drop in SUSI grant applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College grant applications have seen a drop in compared to recent years, a total of 87,738 claims were made for support for fees and living expenses, which was 0.3% less than last year’s figure. An increase in Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) applications was to be expected …” (more)

[Cian Mac Lochlainn, Trinity News, 5 August]

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Drop in college grant applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rising employment and income levels have seen grant applications drop, despite funding being available again for postgraduate students this year. At the close of applications this week, the total number of claims for support with fees and living costs was 87,738 which was 0.3%, or 264, less than the same time last year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the cuts to the student grant implemented in 2011 and 2012 and restore the distance of adjacent rate to 24 kilometres from the current distance of 45 kilometres; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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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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Student Grant Scheme – Restoration of Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): 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 written answers, 5 April]

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Post grads now able to apply for student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students can now apply for a student grant under new changes to the application system. Students can now apply for the scheme which is open for the 2017-2018 academic year. Mature students, who previously dropped out, will now also get a second chance within a five year time frame …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, Newstalk, 3 April]

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Huge demand expected for reopened SUSI student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The SUSI college grant application scheme reopens on Monday, with added demand expected this year due to the availability of maintenance grants for postgraduate students. The grant, worth almost €6,000, will be made available to students in the lowest income category …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the similar third level courses (details supplied) in different universities that are not both eligible for SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 March]

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Student Grant Scheme – Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to restoring maintenance grants for postgraduate students; the cost for doing so; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make a decision on maintenance grants for third level students that attend private colleges …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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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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