€29 Million Wiped Off Government Spending On SUSI Grants – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has questioned why the number of students in receipt of the SUSI grant is declining while the number of students attending third level education is increasing …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 12 January]

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Irish students planning to study in UK will not face fee hike, says minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish students hoping to study at UK universities next September will not face a hike in fees and can continue to avail of Irish grant support despite the UK’s scheduled exit from the EU at the end of the month, according to the Department of Education. In a statement released on Friday, Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the current fee regime and grants support for Irish students studying at UK institutions from September 2020 would remain in place …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Fee Arrangements Maintained for UK and Irish Students Next Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government has confirmed that existing fee arrangements will be maintained for Irish students enrolling in UK universities in 2020/21, amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit’s implications …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 10 January]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor provide assurance to students and their families for studies in the UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced that current fee regimes and grant supports are being maintained for Irish students going to higher education institutions in the UK from September 2020. The Ministers also confirmed the current system will apply for students from Britain and Northern Ireland who are applying to attend colleges in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 January]

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Extra time could make huge difference for students with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students with certain disabilities say they should not have to suffer financial penalties if they need extra time to complete a college course, and have called on the Government to facilitate them. Currently students who do not complete 60 credits each year are deemed part-time and lose the SUSI grant covering the €3,000 annual registration fee and other maintenance …” (more)

[Carole Coleman, RTÉ News, 8 December]

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Student grants: Barring orders will no longer be accepted as proof that parents are separated

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Barring orders are to be removed from the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) indicative list of documents used to confirm whether parents of a student are divorced or separated …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 December]

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Student Grant – Adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the discussions he has had with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to ensure comprehensive transport services for a radius of at least 45 kilometres from towns and cities with third level institutions in view of the fact that under 45 kilometres his Department, through SUSI, only pays the adjacent rate grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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Should UCD make its prices for student accommodation proportional to parental income?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To ensure accessibility of education and the well-being of its students, UCD should make its fees proportional to parental income. Not all fees are covered by the free fees initiative and Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The most daunting factor of university is accommodation. With the rising cost of living in Dublin, any undue financial burden could keep a student from being able to attend school …” (more)

[University Observer, 12 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the SUSI grant income threshold for families will be increased to the same amount as the affordable childcare scheme to reflect the growing costs of college education and rental accommodation for students in view of an announcement (details supplied) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 September]

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6% Drop in Students Eligible for SUSI Grant Since 2015

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite an increasing number of students in higher education, and the rising cost of student accommodation, the number of students eligible for SUSI grants has fallen by six per cent over the past three years. RTÉ this morning reported that SUSI statistics show that 80,000 students availed of the grant last year, down from 85,000 in 2015 …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 13 September]

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Number of students eligible for State education grants declines

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of students being deemed eligible for State SUSI grants is falling while attendance at third-level is rising. SUSI data shows there has been a 6% fall in the number of students getting State grants over the past three years …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 13 September]

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USI Demands SUSI Exemption for Students in Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called for an exemption to SUSI residency rules for asylum seekers living in direct provision, in an address to the Oireachtas Committee for Education and Skills …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 September]

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Student grant fails to cover half of rental costs in Ireland’s cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The grant provided by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) does not cover even half of the cost of accommodation in Ireland’s major cities, a committee has heard. The SUSI grant, which provides funding to third-level students for fees and maintenance, also fails to reflect the cost of living, particularly for housing …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 September]

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On SUSI Grants, Trinity Has Put Vulnerable Students in a Tricky Situation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In January, when news first broke of a mix-up between SUSI and Trinity’s Academic Registry that cost the College €1.7 million in unpaid fees, nobody was very happy with Academic Registry. At the time, it seemed staggering that the College unit with specific responsibility for fees had failed to notice a shortfall worth hundreds of thousands a year …” (more)

[University Times, 8 September]

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Student grants and rising school costs top agenda for Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee meeting

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The third level SUSI grant and back to school costs will be examined at a special Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills meeting in advance of the commencement of the Autumn Parliamentary Session …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 6 September]

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Trinity Chases Students and Graduates for €500k in Unpaid SUSI Debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Months after the discovery of a mix-up between SUSI and Academic Registry that left the College out of pocket for €1.7 million in unpaid student fees, Trinity is still chasing over €500,000 in unpaid fees, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Emer Moreau, University Times, 5 September]

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40% of Students on Third-Level Grants Getting Full Amount

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Over 40% of students awarded grants for higher education this year have received the full grant. The Irish Independent today reported that over 58,000 students have been awarded grants so far this year, with 42% receiving the full grants …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 August]

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Almost 60,000 students awarded third level grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Almost 60,000 students have been awarded third level grants for the coming academic year. A further 20,000 applications are still being processed and another 10,000 are expected to be received by SUSI, the states national awarding authority for third level education. As of this week 58,794 grants have been awarded …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 23 August]

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On Higher Education, a Government Under Scrutiny – And Still Without Ideas

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, Ireland’s education ministers found their way into the glare of the national headlines with an intensity not often seen in recent years. For a sector whose struggles have long been confined to the background of public debate, it was refreshing to see story after story on higher education making it to the front pages of Ireland’s newspapers …” (more)

[University Times, 18 August]

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Minister comes under pressure over lobbying for Susi grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been accused of ‘wink-and-elbow politics’ after she made scores of representations on behalf of students whose Susi application was rejected. The Fine Gael minister wants students around the country to contact her office if their application for a grant is rejected by Susi …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 16 August]

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