Wednesday, 31 January 1990
Dáil Éireann Debate
53. Mr. Taylor asked the Minister for Education the grants which are available to students at third level colleges; the basis on which such grants are administered; if she is satisfied with the level of grants available; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
(ii) Scheme of scholarships administered by the Vocational Education Committees for students wishing to pursue courses in regional technical colleges, colleges of technology and other approved institutions of third level education. In order to qualify for a grant or scholarship under these schemes a candidate must, inter alia, obtain prescribed successes in the leaving certificate examination of the Department of Education and comply with the means test provisions laid down in the schemes. The same benefits are payable under both schemes.
(b) The EC training grants scheme administered by the regional technical colleges and colleges of technology in respect of certain courses in those colleges. There is no means test prescribed in the scheme. Trainees have  their course fees paid and, in addition, they are paid a maintenance training grant.
2. A special scheme of assistance, broadly similar to the higher education grants scheme, is operated by the Department for students in Thomond College, Limerick for teachers of physical education, metalwork and engineering science, woodwork and building science and rural/general science.
furnish a letter from the relevant college authorities confirming (a) her success in the previous academic year examinations (b) that she has re-enrolled for the academic year and (c) that she is not, to their knowledge, in receipt of a grant, scholarship or funding from any other source;
5. Since 1985, the amount payable under various schemes of financial assistance in respect of fees and maintenance have increased each year in line with tuition fees charged by colleges and with inflation. These improvements in the provision of financial support for third level students have taken place during a period of budgetary constraint.
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