Wednesday 26 October 2016

Students paid €4m grants by mistake

Published 16/04/2015 | 02:30

Minister of Education Jan O'Sullivan
Minister of Education Jan O'Sullivan

STUDENTS received grants totalling €4m despite not being entitled to the money, during the first disastrous year of the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) authority.

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As many as 850 students were paid maintenance grants for which they were not eligible, amounting to €1.9m.

SUSI also handed out a further €2.16m in overpayments which the Department of Education is now trying to recoup.

The third level grant system was plagued by problems after responsibility was centralised in 2012/13. The wrongly issued payments have only now been revealed in a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General. It also said there is no way of telling if the system has actually cut administration costs.

Irish Independent

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