Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 3

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  187.  Deputy Seán Crowe  Information on Sean Crowe  Zoom on Sean Crowe   asked the Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn   if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of leaving certificate students who have applied for the higher education access route, HEAR, grant from as far back as August 2011, are still waiting for medical cards to be issued and that one of the criteria for applying for HEAR is that the family hold a medical card in 2011; and if he will ensure that disadvantaged students are not excluded from receiving the HEAR grant due to the long delays in issuing medical cards. [3381/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a third-level admissions scheme for students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The scheme is operated by a number of higher education institutions and not by my Department. Admissions to the institutions under this programme are regulated [578]by the institutions themselves. Further details are available at www.accesscollege.ie. The issue of medical cards is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Health.


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