DEPUTY ANN Phelan has reassured Kilkenny students regarding SUSI applications which she described as ‘a one-stop shop for 3rd level grant applications.
“There is no doubt, there has been severe complications with this new system. Many students are in dire straits at this time, not knowing whether their application will be deemed eligible or not and this is after waiting a substantial period of time with little or no other income to rely on. This is a great cause of concern to the students and their families and to me,” she said.
“I have and continue to make strong representations on behalf of students in Kilkenny who are experiencing difficulties with SUSI. I am working closely with SUSI and Minister Quinn’s office in this regard,” she said.
The latest figures provided by SUSI show that progress has been made in light of applications made by students in Kilkenny.
1394 applications were submitted from students in Kilkenny. 548 of the 1394 applications have been reviewed and SUSI has asked the students concerned to submit further documentation or information. “On that basis, I would urge any student in receipt of a letter from SUSI requesting additional information, that they return all documentation as soon as possible to ensure that their application is quickly reviewed,” she said adding that 46 applications from Kilkenny are still awaiting review by SUSI.
“I am working closely with the Student Unions within my constituency and will continue to work hard on their behalf and on the behalf of any constituent who is having difficulty attaining their grant, ” she added.
SUSI are working around the clock on this and all requests for staff have been met by the department. They will close for Christmas Day and St. Stephens Day, but will be working all of next week and any successfully processed applications completed over Christmas Week will be paid to students on December 28.