Major Improvements For SUSI Next Year - McGrath
Following a meeting between Independent TD Mattie McGrath and Management at SUSI Higher Education Grant, Deputy McGrath has announced that a number of changes are planned for next year to ensure that Students do not face the same difficulties in applying for Student Grants that they had this year.
Deputy McGrath met with SUSI management to discuss first-hand the difficulties being experienced by Students who have applied for Higher Education Grants and to suggest ways that the system can be improved.
“A number of proposals which were discussed and where improvements are now planned include where SUSI will now liaise directly with Revenue and with Social Welfare for information. The current system had students trying to liaise with these different agencies, which was causing huge delays and confusion as many students were unclear of exactly what was required.” Said Deputy McGrath
“Proposals also include that students should not now be required to submit information from their old school to prove that they were students there as SUSI now plan to access more information from the CAO application form and they will no longer require a birth cert due to the cost involved in obtaining new birth certs so they plan to access more information through the students PPS Number.”
“SUSI also hope to have a free phone number put in place because of the cost that so many students and their parents faced trying to contact them and they plan to put in place an App to allow students track their applications through Smart Phones and Social Media Sites.” Said Deputy McGrath
“These proposals must still be approved by the Minister for Education and I will continue to make representations to the Minister to ensure that these proposals are followed through. I hope that these improvements will help students and their parents and that no student will be left for months without their payment and struggle in college as a result.” Concluded McGrath
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