Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe has called on the Minister for Education
Jan O’Sullivan to use her position and intervene directly with SUSI to
fast track payments due to thousands of students waiting for their
Crowe said that the Government's Student Universal
Support Ireland (SUSI ) are again this year trapping students on their
grants roll out 'merry-go-round.'
Deputy Seán Crowe said;
"Every year since SUSI was established, thousands of students have been
left in limbo for months while awaiting the system to process claims.
Every year we are told the problem is resolved and every year students
and their families are left waiting for their education grants.
"Out of a total of 103,125 applications received this year, 15,500 are
still awaiting processing. Thousands of students, just a handful of
weeks away from Christmas, have no real idea if they’ll be receiving any
grant assistance this year. Delays mean difficulties and hard pressed
students and their families will go without or try and make up the
"57,451 applicants have now been
processed, that is to be welcomed but 7,049 unfortunates still haven’t
received any payments from SUSI. While it’s inevitable that there may be
a handful who haven’t supplied correct details, it is a bit hard to
believe that the majority of this pool of 7,049 students have somehow
failed to pass SUSI on their bank details.
"This is a regular
problem each year. The days of students waiting months on end for grant
payments are supposed to be gone, but thousands of students are trapped
on a grants merry-go-round, going round in circles but going nowhere.
"It is simply unacceptable to leave students in a position where they
have to go and ask for help from charities to pay an ESB bill, put food
on the table, pay for accommodation, or simply keep the lights on over
"I support the St. Vincent de Paul proposal that
would see the current SUSI system reconfigured so it operates on the
same timeline as the CAO system. This would help eliminate the current
backward system and give greater financial stability to students going
on to Third Level Education.
"These students need to be paid
immediately. I am calling on the Minister Jan O'Sullivan to take
cognisance of the genuine St Vincent De Paul proposal and immediately
intervene directly with SUSI to fast track payments to the thousands of
students still waiting for their grants."