Review of the Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This review of the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is particularly timely. It comes as our society emerges from a major economic crisis which directly affected many students and their families. The Fund helped many through that crisis, and its continuing role in relieving some of the worst impacts of financial hardship is strongly endorsed by the review …” (more)

[HEA, 19 September]

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Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount his Department allocated under the student assistance fund by institution in each of the years 2006 to 2016 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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€360,000 Cut to National Fund for Students with Financial Difficulties

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A national fund used to help students with financial difficulties has been cut by €360,000 for the current academic year, meaning that Trinity’s proportion of the fund will fall by €16,000, The University Times has learned. The fund has been cut by a total of €4.6 million over the past four years. Today, however, it was announced that from next year, the fund will be allocated an additional €3 million …” (more)

[Jack Hartnett, University Times, 13 October]

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No more money in pot for student assistance fund, says Jan O’Sullivan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will try to increase discretionary funding next year to help students facing severe financial hardship, but there is no more money in this year’s ‘pot’. Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power said there was a ‘desperate need’ for the Minister to find extra funding …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 20 February]

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USI warns additional €3m for Student Assistance Fund not enough to prevent dropouts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“The Department of Education has announced a €3 million once-off allocation for the Student Assistance Fund. However, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has warned that this will not be enough to prevent students dropping out of college …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 19 December]

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Student Assistance Fund

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

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he proposes to increase the funding for the student assistance fund, to €12 million per annum, in view of the high demand for this fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 December]

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Student Support Schemes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Patrick Nulty asked if he will confirm that the student assistance fund will not expire for the 2013/2014 academic year, and that it will continue in place; his views that there is an even greater need for the fund in the present economic circumstance in view of the acute increase in the numbers of students availing or attempting to avail of the fund recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 29 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Delays

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 24th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if, in consideration of the delays being experienced by the Student Universal Support Ireland application process which is having an adverse effect on the student assistance fund, the fund can be augmented, as a matter of urgency, in order that the crucial support that it provides to students can be safeguarded for the complete academic year [52090/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): In addition to the maintenance grant support is also available to students under the Student Assistance Fund which assists students in third-level institutions in exceptional financial need. Information on the fund is available through the Access Officer in the third level institution attended. The Access Officers themselves will also continue to provide support and advice to students to enable them to continue with their studies. My Department has asked the Higher Education Authority for an up to date report on the demand for the scheme.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 22 November]

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Student Support Schemes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2012 by steve

Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills in view of the mounting difficulties students have in accessing their grants, if he will continue to fund the student assistance fund beyond 2013. [51835/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The Third Level Access Measure provides support for disadvantaged students through two sub-priorities: the Student Assistance Fund and the Fund for Students with Disabilities. The objective of the Student Assistance Fund, is to assist students, in a sensitive and compassionate manner, who might otherwise, due to their financial circumstances, be unable to continue their third level studies. These funds are managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of my Department and are funded under the National Development Plan, with assistance from the European Social Fund. No decisions have yet been taken on the amount that will be allocated to Ireland or the programmes to be funded in the next round of EU Structural Funds for the period 2014-2020. Some €13.2m is available in the Third Level Access Measure Fund overall in the 2012/13 academic year. I have no plans at present to discontinue the Student Assistance Fund.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 21 November]

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Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the student assistant fund, which currently helps students in hardship situations and is part funded by the European Union, is due to be wound down in 2013; if preparations are being made for a replacement fund to be established which will safeguard student welfare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43677/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The Third Level Access Measure provides support for disadvantaged students through two sub-priorities: the Student Assistance Fund and the Fund for Students with Disabilities.The objective of the Student Assistance Fund, is to assist students, in a sensitive and compassionate manner, who might otherwise, due to their financial circumstances, be unable to continue their third level studies. The fund is managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of my Department and is funded under the National Development Plan, with assistance from the European Social Fund. The management of the Third Level Access Measures Fund rests with the Higher Education Authority and the allocation of funding for the various access measures, one of which is the Student Assistance Fund, is a matter for that authority. Some €13.2m is available in the Third Level Access Measure Fund overall in the 2012/13 academic year.The Deputy will be aware that the Student Assistance Fund is complementary to the student grant scheme and, in this regard, students on particularly low incomes continue to receive a top-up in the special rate of student grant and have their fees or student contribution paid on their behalf.I have no plans at present to discontinue the Student Assistance Fund.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 10 October]

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