Archive for maintenance grants

1 in 5 still without grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 December 2010 by Steve

“Close to the end of the first term of college, shocking news has been released by the Department of Education which reveals that although 60,000 students have applied for grant assistance this year, around 13,000 (or one in five) have yet to get their grant processed …” (more)

[Enda Kenneally, College News, 10 December]

Fine Gael, Labour won’t commit to grant cut reversal

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 10 December 2010 by Steve

“The expected incoming government coalition of Fine Gael and Labour said last night that they were unable to give a commitment on reversing grant cuts introduced by the outgoing government at this week’s controversial Budget …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 9 December]

Students: No votes for those who back fee hike

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 December 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of students issued a warning to politicians they will not vote in next year’s election for anyone supporting increased college fees or cuts to grants …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 2 December]

Only 713 Higher Education Grants awarded in Cork out of 5,926 applications

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

“Cork Fine Gael TD Deirdre Clune has highlighted that more than two months into the college year of 5,926 applications in Cork for Higher Education Grants only 713 have been awarded …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 26 November]

Laws may block tackling student grant backlog

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues with tags , on 26 November 2010 by Steve

“Data protection laws may prevent councils with backlogs of student grant applications from having them cleared by other local authorities, TDs have been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

Fifth of student grants not processed

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 November 2010 by Steve

“Some 21% of student maintenance grants have not been processed, Department of Education figures reveal. The figures released to Fine Gael’s education spokesman Fergus O’Dowd show three months into the college year nearly 13,000 out of the almost 60,000 applications have not been processed …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 November]

USI campaign generated over 25,000 letters

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and NUI Galway Students’ Union have both claimed a major success with a national campaign urging students and the public to lobby their local TDs to cap the registration fee at its current level of €1,500 and protect the student maintenance grant from cuts …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 21 November]

Angry student marchers say higher fees will spell disaster

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

“More than 1,000 angry students marched through the streets of Galway yesterday in protest over college fees. There was a large garda presence as the hundreds of students gathered in the Spanish Arch area of the city centre, but no incidents were reported …” (more)

[John Fallon, Independent, 19 November]

Students march in Galway pre-budget protest

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

“More than 1,000 students marched peacefully through Galway city yesterday in the first of a series of pre-budget regional protests. The demonstration, supported by students from NUI Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, highlighted opposition to proposed registration fee increases and cuts to the maintenance grants …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 November]

UCCSU issues ‘call to arms’ to students ahead of march

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“UCC Students’ Union and CIT Students’ Union have this afternoon issued a joint ‘call to arms’ ahead of a USI organized student march to take place in Cork, Dec 1st …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 18 November]

Students protest college fee increase

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“Over 1,000 students marched through Galway city today in protest over proposed registration fee increases and cuts to the maintenance grants …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 18 November]

Save our students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“It’s time this country took education seriously. Cutting the grant while increasing the registration fee will have catastrophic effects that will take generations to overcome …” (more)

[Greg Higgins, Irish Examiner, 10 November]

If student fees rise, so should student grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“The issue of university fees ought not to be determined in isolation from student grants …” (more)

[Gerald Morgan, Irish Examiner, 5 November]

Students left waiting more than 14 weeks for grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“Students are being left waiting for prolonged periods of time to receive decisions on grant applications, The University Observer has learned …” (more)

[Amy Bracken, University Observer, 2 November]

USI urges for continued investment in Irish education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 28 October 2010 by Steve

“A Union of Students in Ireland (USI) campaign to protect education from cuts in the upcoming Budget has been reinforced by a Higher Education Authority (HEA) report, which found that grant support is crucial in keeping students in college, according to the national representative body of third level students in Ireland …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 28 October]

Grants delayed until December

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 27 October 2010 by Steve

“Cork City Council has yet to make a single payment under the Higher Education Grant Scheme this year, with the majority of claimants waiting until December or even later for their first instalment …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 27 October]

Location affects wait for family educational grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 22 October 2010 by Steve

“New figures reveal stark differences in the waiting times for payment of educational grants in the South-East. Waterford City Council has been found to be the most efficient council in the country for the processing of third level college grants, according to a UCD survey …” (more)

[Kieran Foley, Munster Express, 22 October]

Massive increase in local student grant applications

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 13 October 2010 by Steve

“The number of Meath students seeking higher level grants from Meath County Council and Meath VEC has increased by almost 70% over the past two years, putting both bodies under extreme pressure when processing applications …” (more)

[Ann Casey, Meath Chronicle, 13 October]

21pc jump in number of students getting the grant

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 7 October 2010 by Steve

“The number of students on higher education grants surged to almost 70,000 last year as families struggled to send their children to college …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 7 October]

USI Slams Government after another Academic Year is Marred by Student Grant Delays

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 October 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has condemned the Government for keeping thousands of students waiting for their maintenance grant over a month after returning to college. Students started college over five weeks ago, yet only 13 out of the 66 awarding bodies have made any payments to those awaiting their student maintenance grant …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 6 October]