Dáil Éireann - Volume 625 - 10 October, 2006
Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.
Mr. P. Breen Mr. P. Breen
Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will review clause 7.6 of the higher education grant scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Clare who has previously pursued an undergraduate course and holds an undergraduate degree. [31558/06]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin: Under the terms of my Department’s Higher Education Grants Scheme, maintenance grants are not payable to candidates who already hold an undergraduate degree and are pursuing a second undergraduate degree. Similarly tuition fees, under the Free Fees Initiative, are not payable in respect of a second period of college attendance on a course at the same level. These restrictions apply to every student who already holds a qualification at the same level, irrespective of where that qualification was obtained or whether or not funding was previously awarded. Clause 7.6 of the Higher Education Grant Scheme refers in this regard.
My Department understands that the candidate referred to by the Deputy already holds a Degree at undergraduate level, and as such is ineligible for funding for further study at undergraduate level.
It is not open to me, or my Department, to depart from the terms of the maintenance grants schemes in individual cases.
Section 473A, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 provides for tax relief, at the standard rate of tax, for tuition fees paid in respect of approved full/part-time courses in both private and publicly funded third level Colleges and Universities in the State and any other E.U. Member State. Further details and conditions in relation to this tax relief are available from the local Revenue Commissioners Office.
Dáil Éireann 625 Written Answers. Higher Education Grants.