Student Grant Scheme Applications

Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of student grant applications that have been received by Student Universal Support Ireland; the number that have been processed, awarded, refused or awaiting decision to date; the number of applications received from County Kerry; the number of these that have been processed, awarded, refused or awaiting decision to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49105/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): In total, SUSI has received just over 66,000 applications for student grants this year. Some 18,000 applications are now complete. This includes some 9,000 applications which have been refused and some 9,000 which have been awarded, or awarded pending submission of final course details by the student. SUSI is awaiting documentation on some 21,000 applications. The remaining some 27,000 are applications on hand with SUSI for processing. In total SUSI has received some 2,445 applications from County Kerry. Of these 258 applications have been awarded, 316 applications have been refused or cancelled and 42 applications have been appealed to SUSI. Some 335 applications are at final review stage or awaiting a course acceptance form from the applicant. 1293 applications are either awaiting documentation from the student or where the documentation has been submitted it is being to ensure all documentation has been submitted. 201 applications are awaiting provisional assessment – these are applications received after the closing date. These data have been supplied to my Department by SUSI.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 8 November]

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