Figures released to the Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD by the Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris have revealed that only 60,000 student applications for SUSI funding have thus far been processed by SUSI, out of a total of 89,000 applications.
Speaking in response to the figures released to him, Deputy Tóibín said: "It is deeply alarming that in the teeth of a housing crisis which has seen students move into hostels wholesale in every city in the country, there are 30,000 students in the State who haven’t yet heard back from SUSI following their grant application."
"There also remains widespread confusion over whether or not students who were in receipt of the PUP can qualify for SUSI."
A response to these figures and statements from SUSI reads: "Applications are currently being reviewed by SUSI within one week of receipt. As of September 20, 2021, SUSI had received 91,967 applications. Of these 91,967 applications, 81,712 applications have been finalised.
"Of the outstanding 10,255 applications, 7,330 applicants have been asked to share additional information or documents with SUSI in order to finalise their application. 550 applications are being appealed by the applicant. 2,375 applications are awaiting assessment and these include a combination of recently submitted applications and applications where additional information or documents have recently been returned to SUSI."
The scheme is demand-led and as such the numbers applying each year can change for reasons such as changing demographics and employment rates.
An applicant can contact the SUSI Support Desk at 0761 087 874 or emailing 'email@example.com' for assistance.
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