"Compassionate" Approach Needed For SUSI Grant - TUS Chaplain

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The grant is a means-tested form of aid to third-level students.

There's calls for a "compassionate approach" to be taken to the SUSI grant.

The scheme offers financial support for those looking to attend third-level education, and is means-tested, with family income the main determinant for eligibility.

But Fr. Shay Casey, Chaplain at TUS Athlone, says the criteria is too strict, meaning students can miss out despite needing the supports.

He says being refused the grant can force people to drop out of college:

The Further and Higher Education Minister says he intends to review the flexibility of the SUSI grant scheme.

Minister Simon Harris agrees with the Chaplain, and says the scheme needs to be "much more flexible."

He says reducing the annual contribution fee is a viable alternative until that review is carried out:

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