Students express concerns over handling of SUSI grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When colleges closed their doors last March, many students were forced to move back to their hometowns to complete the academic year online. With most of these students staying in their locality from March until September, many of their part-time jobs allocated them more hours to help deal with the surge in demand from the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, SIN, 13 October]

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A Baffling Budget Dashes Hopes for Dramatic Change in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In June, a new dawn broke for universities. They finally had a government department for themselves – a seat at the cabinet table – and a real chance of concrete reform for the sector. And, on the whole, summer had been a hopeful time for the sector. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris had proven an energetic figure, indicating that he felt higher education needed to be rejigged – and that funding was a priority …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 October]

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Budget 2021 – Ministers Harris and Collins announce a range of measures including €50 million fund to provide financial assistance for full-time students, new reskilling and retraining package and extension of Apprenticeship scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD have today announced a series of new measures as part of Budget 2021. The package includes …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 13 October]

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€250 payment for third-level students for move to online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All full-time third-level students are to receive a €250 payment in the coming year to help compensate for the move towards greater online learning. It is one of a number of education measures set to be unveiled in Budget 2021 including the hiring of 565 additional teachers to bring the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level to a record low …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Income data for thousands of students receiving grants is ‘incomplete’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Insufficient data is being collected to determine the full income of thousands of students who are in receipt of third level grants, according to a new spending review. A report by the Department of Public Expenditure shows the State is spending about €360 million per year to a total of 77,000 students in further and higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Student Grant Scheme – Cost of Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing student grants to their highest historical levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Asylum seeker with top grades denied Queen’s university place

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2020 by steve

“An asylum seeker who received top grades in his A-levels has said he cannot take up his place at Queen’s University because he is not eligible for a student loan or grant …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Many students left behind by Government – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh TD has called on the government to take immediate action to support students to make it to third-level by cutting fees and increasing SUSI supports …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 September]

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Student Grant Scheme – Mature Independents

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of expanding eligibility for mature independents maintenance grants to include all mature applicants that have been forced to live with their parents for financial reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Harris says he will tackle ‘high’ student fees during lifetime of Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student registration fees are ‘too high’ and will be looked at over the lifetime of the Government, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said. As students prepare for the college year, he insisted the Susi grant system will be flexible to ‘take on board if a family’s income has changed due to Covid-19’ …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 1 September]

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Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students should be refunded for accommodation if another Covid-19 lockdown forces the closure of colleges, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, TheJournal.ie, 31 August]

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Students Dismay at SUSI Grant Delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of university students have received notice that their SUSI payments will be delayed to October 9th as opposed to the usual September start date. This two week delay has left many financially stranded as they are still expected to pay accommodation deposits or a full months’ rent before SUSI issues its first instalments …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 26 August]

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Majority of Irish students fear they won’t have enough money to stay in college this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Four in five students fear they won’t have enough money to stay in college this year. And Covid-19 is to blame because of falling incomes in families and the complete collapse of summer work that normally allow students to build a nest egg for the year …” (more)

[Ferghal Blaney, Dublin Live, 20 August]

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Costs of third-level education provide hard lessons for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Whether your birds are tots or about to fledge, the cost of college is a worry. If they are still young, you have time to save. If you have a prospective ‘fresher’, from September 11th, they will know what they skill study and where. So how much does a third-level education cost these days, and how can parents and students save money? …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Easing College Grant Rules Means Little to Asylum Seekers With Deportation Orders

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, the government announced that students living in direct provision will no longer have to have spent three years in the Irish education system or have completed the leaving certificate to qualify for a college grant. On first reading, this seems like an encouraging development – and a vindication of Higher Education Minister Simon Harris’s commitment to use the Department of Higher Education as a driver of ‘social cohesion’ …” (more)

[University Times, 16 August]

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Asylum seekers without Leaving Cert now eligible for third-level grant

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

Ireland“Young asylum seekers no longer have to spend three years in the Irish school system in order to qualify for educational support at third level, the Government will announce. The latest revision to the student grant scheme for young people in direct provision, to be announced today, means asylum seekers will no longer need to have completed the Leaving Cert or have spent three years in an Irish school to be able to apply for a student grant when moving into third level …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 10 August]

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Kerry councillor calls for overhaul of SUSI scheme

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

Ireland“A Kerry councillor is calling for a radical overhaul of the Student Grant Scheme due to COVID-19. Fine Gael Councillor Michael Foley says he has been contacted by parents and students who are concerned about financing their places in college and the status of their applications for maintenance grants …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 9 August]

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Telling the real story: Sinn Féin launch Student Funding survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh has called on Further and Higher Education to be made accessible and affordable for everyone irrespective of their age, geography or financial circumstances …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 6 August]

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Funchion Calls For Universal Access To Third-Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion is calling for third-level education to be made accessible and affordable for everyone, irrespective of age, geography or financial circumstances. Deputy Funchion is asking students in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency to ‘tell their story’ by filling out Sinn Féin’s survey on the grants system …” (more)

[Suzanne Pender, Carlow Nationalist, 6 August]

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Third Level Fees and COVID-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 5th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPaul Donnelly (Dublin West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the supports that have been put in place to help students returning to third-level education who are uncertain as to the way in which they will pay fees, especially in cases in which part-time income has been affected by Covid-19 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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