Just 2 weeks to SUSI deadline – Naughten

In Education, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Tuesday 16th July 2013

Just 2 weeks to SUSI deadline – Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has reminded local students that there is now just over two weeks left during which to apply for a higher education grant for the 2013/2014 academic year.

“The closing date this year is a month earlier to facilitate earlier application and decision making and applications must be received by SUSI by Thursday 1st August,” explained Denis Naughten. “My advice to students is to get your application in as soon as possible, regardless of whether you know what course you will be attending.”

A number of measures have been taken in an effort to avoid the massive delays experienced by students last year including developing both the online application system and the application assessment. Direct information sharing between SUSI and other Government Agencies is also aimed at reducing the amount of documentation that students will need to provide for their application to be processed.

“What occurred last year was completely unacceptable and I welcome the new measures aimed at improving the grant application process for students and their families,” added Denis Naughten. “I would now urge students to submit their applications in as soon as possible in the hope of avoiding any unnecessary delays.”

ENDS.

Editor’s Note: Please find attached Dáil reply on student grant process.
Uimhir: 397

Ceist Pharlaiminte

Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to ensure there is not a repeat of the failure by Student Universal Support Ireland to process 2012/13 higher education grant applications in a competent manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
-Denis Naughten.

* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 2nd July, 2013.
Reference Number: 32178/13
Freagra

Minister Ruairí Quinn

The Accenture Report, which reviewed the operations of SUSI, contained a series of recommendations, many of which are already being implemented by SUSI. In line with these recommendations and in preparation for the 2013/14 academic year, both the online application system and the application assessment process have been further developed to enhance their effectiveness and to deal with the difficulties experienced in year one.

A number of new initiatives will make the application process more efficient this year including: direct information sharing between SUSI and Government agencies such as the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social Protection, the General Register Office and the Central Applications Office. These links should significantly reduce the number of documents required from
applicants themselves.

In addition the staff resources recommended by the review have already been sanctioned. The resources include three additional management posts and some 23 (whole time equivalent) additional processing staff. This will help to ensure that qualifying students have their applications assessed as quickly as possible. SUSI has also significantly developed its training programme to meet
the training needs of new and existing staff.

In addition, the closing date will be a month earlier to facilitate earlier application and decision on a grant application. Also SUSI is working closely with all third level institutions to improve the payment process for the 2013/14 academic year.