Originally Posted by Katie Kaboom
My sister is hoping to start her masters in geneology in Sept but will need the grant to do it.
She lives at home with my mother (retired nurse), she's 26 and is working part time and getting half dole, but only since Aug 2011. She has never received the grant before.
I just want to see if ye would think she would be eligible. cause we've asked the VEC and they just say apply and see...
There are no maintenance grants for postgrads anymore - there are grants of €2000 and a second rate (I don't think the second rate has been announced yet but I think it's going to be 6000) towards fees. If she is living with parents she will be assessed on their income regardless of age
: Fees and Maintenance Grants for new entrants to postgraduate studies
Students entering new postgraduate courses from the 2012-13 academic year onwards will not be entitled to any maintenance payment under the Student Grant scheme
However, students on the lowest level of income entering new postgraduate courses from the 2012-13 academic year who qualify for the special rate of grant will be eligible to qualify to have tuition fees paid up to the maximum fee limit under the Student Grant scheme
A limited number of other low-income students who would previously have qualified under the standard grant thresholds will qualify to have a €2,000 contribution made towards the costs of their fees. However, there will be a new income threshold for this payment which will be lower than the standard grant threshold. The income threshold for this level of grant is currently being determined in the context of the formulation of the student grant scheme for the 2012-13 year.