Archive for maintenance grants

Student Support Bill 2008: Second Stage

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 13 January 2011 by Steve

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): I am pleased to introduce the Student Support Bill to the Seanad and to outline its main provisions. The Bill is the key element of our broader programme of legislative and administrative reform of the student grants system …” (more)

[Seanad Debates, 12 January]

Grant time delays still putting pressure on cash-strapped students, says Healy Eames

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 13 January 2011 by Steve

“Substantial time delays in the processing of student grants and other funds are continuing to cause huge difficulties and undue stress for students in Galway and across the country, according to Fine Gael Seanad Education spokesperson, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames …” (more)

[Martina Nee, Galway Advertiser, 13 January]

Farmers’ children may lose their college grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 11 January 2011 by Steve

“Thousands of children from farming families will be locked out of third-level education if farm assets are included in means-testing for college grants, farm organisations have warned …” (more)

[Caitriona Murphy, Independent, 11 January]

FG and Labour differ over asset test for college grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael and Labour have failed to agree a common position over the controversial issue of introducing asset tests to help decide who gets higher education grants …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 6 January]

Macra na Feirme criticises means testing plan

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Macra na Feirme has criticised a report which suggests that means tests for families of students applying for higher education grants should be extended to include assets …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 January]

Introduction of ‘asset test’ to change grants system

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Minister for Education Mary Coughlan is expected to make the controversial announcement of a new ‘asset test’ to be applied to students wishing to receive the maintenance grant, next week …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 5 January]

Assets to be means-tested in reform of college grant system

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“The next government faces a political timebomb over a controversial report which paves the way for an ‘asset test’ to help decide who should get higher education grants. The move would hit farmers, the self-employed and professionals …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 5 January]