Saturday 22 September 2018

Grants scheme benefits from new era of clarity

More third level students are applying for grants
More third level students are applying for grants

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), the centralised third-level grants processing body, which is gradually taking over this work from local authorities and VECs, has certainly led to a new level of what is best described as "consistency" in the awarding of grants.

New research shows a remarkable increase in the number of those from areas with a strong urban profile, such as Dublin, Limerick and Cork, qualifying for third-level grants, while a significant decline has been identified in those qualifying from rural areas.

Can we conclude that a system in the hands of 66 local authorities and VECs led to a tendency for some people to qualify on 'a nod and a wink' in areas where people were known to each other and where local politicians were hyperactive in the subtle world of clientelism?

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