Dáil Éireann - Volume 651 - 03 April, 2008
Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.
Deputy Terence Flanagan Deputy Terence Flanagan
Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will respond to a query from a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12577/08]
Deputy Mary Hanafin Deputy Mary Hanafin
Deputy Mary Hanafin: The Higher Education Grants Schemes operate under the Local Authorities (Higher Education Grants) Acts, 1968 to 1992. Under the Higher Education Grants Scheme an approved course is defined as a full-time undergraduate course of at least two years duration or a full-time postgraduate course of not less than one year duration pursued in an approved institution.
An approved institution is defined to mean a university, college or other institution of higher education in so far as it provides a course or courses of not less than two years duration, being a course, or courses, which the Minister for Education and Science approves for the time being for the purposes of the Acts.
Each year, the Higher Education Grants Scheme specifies a list of approved institutions for the purposes of the Schemes. The approved institutions mainly comprise public funded third level institutions.
I understand the course referred to by the Deputy is provided by a private college. There are no plans at present to extend the scope of the student support schemes to private colleges.
Dáil Éireann 651 Written Answers. Higher Education Grants.