Thursday, 25 February 1993
Dáil Éireann Debate
244. Mrs. T. Ahearn asked the Minister for Education if she will provide any grant aid for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary, pursuing a beauty therapy course; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
245. Mrs. T. Ahearn asked the Minister for Education if she will approve grants for persons (details supplied) in County Tipperary under the 1992 higher education grant scheme, as in this particular case their grants were only awarded provisionally in 1991; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): The 1992 Higher Education Grants Scheme does not apply in the case in question, as, with the exception of mature students, that scheme does not apply to students who had commenced their current studies in approved institutions before the commencement of the 1992/93 academic year.
It is understood from Tipperary (South Riding) County Council, the body statutorily entrusted with the administration of the Higher Education Grants Schemes in this case, that the candidates in question were awarded grants (partial maintenance plus full fees) in respect of the 1991/92 academic year, and that, in relation to 1992/93, both candidates were deemed ineligible for grants in accordance with the terms of the schemes as a result of increased reckonable means.
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