Student Grant Scheme Delays

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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