Dáil Éireann - Volume 598 - 24 February, 2005
Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.
Mr. Ring Mr. Ring
165. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science when a maintenance grant application in her Department will be dealt with. [6375/05]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin:The decision on eligibility for third level grants is a matter for the relevant local authority or VEC. These bodies do not refer individual applications to my Department except, in exceptional cases, where, for example, advice or instruction regarding a particular clause in the relevant scheme is desired. It appears that no such advice or instruction has, to date, been sought in the case of the student, to whom the Deputy refers.
If an individual applicant considers that she or he has been unjustly refused a maintenance grant, or that the rate of grant awarded is not the correct one, she or he may appeal to the relevant local authority or VEC. Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down, in writing, by the relevant local authority or VEC, and remains of the view that the body has not interpreted the schemes correctly in his or her case, a letter outlining the position may be sent to my Department.
Alternatively, the local authority or VEC may, itself, in exceptional circumstances, seek clarification on issues from my Department. However, it is not open to me, or my Department, to depart from the terms of the maintenance grant schemes in individual cases.
Dáil Éireann 598 Written Answers. Higher Education Grants.