first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has criticised the Government for forcing some students who were given Student Grants by SUSI to repay the money previously awarded to them in error.Deputy Pearse DohertyThe Donegal South West TD made his comments after it was revealed recently that 165 applicants who had previously been awarded a student grant by SUSI later had their eligibility withdrawn following case reviews by the authority.“Subsequent to having raised this matter in the Dáil with the Minister, I was informed that some 165 individual applicants had their eligibility for a grant revoked despite having initially been deemed eligible for a student grant by SUSI when they submitted their original application.” “In some instances, students were awarded grants incorrectly after it had been discovered following a review that they were ineligible as they were either repeating the academic year, had withdrawn from their course or did not qualify because they were in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance.”“However, the Minister did not provide a reason for the revocation and withdrawal of grants from 54 applicants, all of whom have previously been given varying payments in respect of their SUSI applications.”He said he was aware of at least one case where a student had submitted an application in good faith for a student grant to cover the costs of a course.However, the student later had all payments suspended and then receive a letter from SUSI stating that the course was not in fact eligible for student grant support and that the applicant was now liable for all overpayments made in respect of the award. “It is simply scandalous to think that a student applies for a grant and does so with sincere intentions to help cover the cost of their education, is subsequently awarded a maintenance grant only to be told a number of months later that the payment shouldn’t have been made and that they now must repay the money.”“This should not be allowed to happen, and mistakes made by SUSI should not put students in a position where they have to repay hundreds if not thousands of euro.”“What this situation is doing is forcing students out of the education system and places a huge financial burden on them at what is already an expensive time in their and their parents’ lives.”“I am now calling on the Minister to clarify this matter and to ensure that SUSI is not permitted to force these students to repay monies to the very same body which mistakes have landed them in this mess in the first place.”STUDENTS BEING FORCED TO PAY FOR SUSI MISTAKES – DOHERTY was last modified: June 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalPearse DohertystudentsSUSIlast_img read more