Archive for maintenance grants

Dáil Éireann Written Answers – Higher Education Grants

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

Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will reverse the cuts to third level grants, the impact of which will force thousands of students out of college …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann – Written Answers, 22 March]

Students drop out over delay in grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“Dozens of hard-up students are dropping out of college every week because of massive delays in issuing grants. Maintenance grants are supposed to be paid in three instalments over the academic year. But more than 2,000 students have still not received their first payment, which should have been issued in September last year …” (more)

[Nick Bramhill, Irish Examiner, 28 February]

Student Support Bill to simplify grant system

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 27 January 2011 by Steve

“Third-level students will be able to access grants from a single agency following the passage of one of the final pieces of legislation of the current Dáil …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 27 January]

Mature students bear brunt of budgetary cutbacks

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“From January 2012, student grants will be reduced by 4% and mature students will no longer automatically qualify for the non-adjacent rate of grant. The non-adjacent rate is given to students living 45 kilometres away from the university, up from 24 kilometres prior to the budget …” (more)

[Karen O’Neill, College News, 26 January]

Tánaiste welcomes passing of Student Support Bill by Seanad Éireann

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD, today welcomed completion of the final stages of the Student Support Bill in the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Bill is likely to be one of the last pieces of legislation passed by the current Dáil and Seanad …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 January]

Student Support Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

Senator David Norris … I am very happy to welcome the Minister of State to the House and I am sure he will pass on whatever substantial remarks are made during the remaining part of this debate. This is a significant matter, particularly for students who are under financial pressure …” (more)

[Seanad Debates, 18 January]

Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

Deputy Bernard J Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan if she will confirm if she has received correspondence from Union of Students in Ireland in relation to proposed changes to maintenance grant criteria in Budget 2011; if she recognises the impact of same on students; if she will review same in the coming months; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Written Answers, 12 January]