Mitchell O’Connor warned of ‘unprecedented demand’ for student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new minister for higher education has been warned of an ‘unprecedented demand’ for affordable student accommodation. Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been told of the ‘significant challenges’ in addressing the issue, as parents and students face into the scramble to find accommodation for the academic year ahead …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 25 July]

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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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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 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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Social divide shows up in grants across higher education

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

Ireland“For students whose family income falls below a certain limit, the State helps them attend further and higher education through financial supports. But the distribution of these financial supports among institutions is very revealing …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, 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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Student Support Schemes – Private Third Level Colleges

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

IrelandSeán Haughey (Dublin Bay North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make the Student Universal Support Ireland grant scheme, the disability access route to education scheme and the HEA student assistance fund scheme available to students of private third level colleges such as Griffith College in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 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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Third Level Education – Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if asylum seekers who arrived here as children and have completed their second-level education and leaving certificate will be permitted to attend third-level educational institutions; and to set out the financial supports they may be eligible to apply for …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 September]

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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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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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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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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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Private-college students refused grants despite being eligible says union officer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students eligible for SUSI grants are being denied their funding due to their intention to pursue education at a private college, Griffith College student union officer Michael McNamara has said. Students intending to Griffith College Dublin, Cork and Limerick have been denied SUSI funding, despite eligibility for the grant …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 July]

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7,000 Leaving Cert pupils already awarded their Susi grants

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

Ireland“Thousands of Leaving Certificate students have already been told that they will receive a college grant in September. Even before the exams finish, school-leavers who applied early to the grants agency, Susi, have a decision made in ­principle …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 June]

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