11 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Students attending college were having to avail of soup kitchens and food parcels because of the delays in grant payments resulting from the new SUSI or Student Universal Support Ireland system of assessing applications, Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council was told.
The Council at its December meeting had called on Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn to return the administration of student grant applications to Co Councils and the new Education and Training Boards shortly to replace VECs.
Asking on Monday if there had been any Ministerial response to this request, Clones Sinn Féin councillor Pat Treanor said the correspondence should be reissued if the Minister hadn’t replied as the SUSI system was still a disaster for an awful lot of people.
He believed that only 43,000 out of 68,000 applications had been dealt with up to the Christmas period.
Meetings Administrator Carmel Thornton said that the correspondence to the Minister only issued last week.
Colr Treanor said he also understood that 16,000 out of the 43,000 applications that were processed were refused, which would lead to appeals and clog up the system further.
Fine Gael’s David Maxwell agreed that the SUSI system had been a disaster, but pointed out that updated figures had now issued which showed …

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