Tallaght students who are less well-off and those taking a second chance at college should benefit from changes to grants, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs says the changes are aimed at making college more accessible to all.
Nationally €380m is being made available in grants.
Welcoming the announcement Minister Zappone added:
“Thanks to the Tallaght Institute of Technology, other Dublin Colleges as well as vocational and training courses we have a third level hub on our doorstep.
“It is only right that everyone should have an equal chance of avail of that opportunity – no matter what their financial circumstances.
“The announcement of grant changes is an opportunity to break down barriers which prevent many people from entering college.
“All Tallaght students – no matter what their income or age – should examine the grants available and begin planning their applications for the 2017/18 college year.
The key changes include:
· Maintenance grants to support 1,100 of the most disadvantaged postgraduate students
· Changes which allow second chance mature students to complete a post Leaving Cert Programme within a 5 year break period
Minister Zappone hopes everyone eligible is aware of the supports available to them:
“The Grant Application Process is also opening up earlier than usual. This is to allow students in Tallaght and across the country extra time to consider options and submit their forms.
“I would encourage all students to take time to consider the supports which are available and to come forward and use them.
“Information and the application process can be accessed through www.susi.ie, the website to Student Universal Support Ireland.
“I am asking that schools, colleges and libraries in Tallaght and throughout the South Dublin Council area would make every effort to get the information out to students in the coming weeks.”