Arrangements for New Student Grant Application for 2012/2013
STUDENT GRANTS 2011/2012
Closing date for receipt of Student Grant Applications has been
extended to 1st December 2011
Grant Office opening hours (telephone only from 1st December 2011)
Phone lines open every Wedneday from 9.30am - 12.30pm
Contact: 046-9068209 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find below details of payment dates for remainder of year:
18/01/2012 VEC 2nd Instalment PLC
15/02/2012 VEC PLC
14/03/2012 VEC PLC
28/03/2012 VEC 3rd Instalment
09/05/2012 VEC PLC
The New Student Grant Scheme 2011/2012 is now available.
Please visit www.studentfinance.ie for full information on the grant application process including details of how to apply for a grant online, and for further information regarding all aspects of financial support to students.
If you think you are eligible for the student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible. The application process for 2011-2-12 is now open. You do not have to wait until you receive an offer of a place or enroll in college.
Summary of changes to student grant as a result of Budget 2011:
Three measures were announced in Budget 2011 relating to the student grant schemes:
Reduction in overall rates of grant
- A reduction of 4% is to be applied to the rates of all student grants.
- This reduction applies to all existing grant holders and to new grant holders alike.
- The implementation date is January 2011.
Qualifying distance criterion for non-adjacent rate of
- The qualifying distance criterion for entitlement to the higher non-adjacent rate of grant (distance from home to the higher education Institution) has been changed from 15 miles (24 kilometres) to 45 kilometres.
- This measure applies to all students
- The implementation date is the start of the 2011-2012 academic year.
Automatic entitlement of mature students to non-adjacent
rate of grant.
- The automatic entitlement of mature students to the higher non-adjacent rateof payment has been removed.
- The implementation date is the start of the 2011-2012.
Department of Social Protection - FRAUD
Students are reminded that Institutions of Education are required to provide details of student enrolments to the Department of Social Protection, to identify possible abuses of the Social Welfare System. You are not entitled to receive a Social Welfare payment while attending a full-time course of study unless you have received prior approval from the Department under the terms of the scheme. It is Department of Social Protection policy to consider for prosecution ALL cases of fraud and abuse of the Social Welfare system. All information is treated as confidential and is subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.
Department of Social Protection
For more information visit www.welfare.ie