Archive for BTEA

Welfare and incentives

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Some of my students today complained – softly – about the workings of the Back to Education Allowance …” (more)

[Colm Harmon, Irish Economy, 24 January]

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How smart an economy?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 12 October 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Having lost my job this year I have returned to education as a mature student in order to become an active future member of the much-touted smart economy. But it would seem the smart economy is hindered by myopic policy and bureaucracy …” (more)

[JJ Carolan, Irish Times, 12 October]

College still not affordable for thousands

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of people will still be unable to afford college places because of Government cuts despite a slight relaxation of eligibility criteria for one support scheme, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) claims …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 July]

Year-long wait for education grant cut to nine months

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“The Government has finally bowed to pressure to cut the length of time people must wait on the dole before they can get a grant to go back to college. The waiting time for the Back-to-Education Allowance had previously been one year but now it is being cut slightly to nine months today …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 19 July]

USI Calls Urgent Public Meeting Against Cut to Back to Education Allowance

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 26 April 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland will hold an urgent public meeting as part of its campaign against recent grant cuts to the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA). The meeting will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, April 28th in DIT Cathal Brugha Street. Speakers will include Brian Hayes (Fine Gael Spokesperson on Education), Kieran Allen (SIPTU), Prof. Kathleen Lynch (Professor of Equality Studies in UCD) and a distressed student, who has been directly affected by this issue …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 26 April]

Access for mature students

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“… When I started this part-time course in September last year, it was on the premise that both the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and the maintenance grant would be available to me once I started the degree course next September. Indeed it was the availability of these monies that made going back to college financially possible. Halfway through my Access course, last month, it emerged that the Government had made cuts …” (more)

[Naoise McDonagh, Irish Times, 12 February]