News for Students in Direct Provision

Minister Harris announces changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision

From Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

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Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (10 August) announced changes to the support scheme for students living in Direct Provision.

Following a review, Minister Harris confirmed the rules of the scheme will be relaxed and the scheme placed on a long term footing.

The scheme was introduced in 2015 and provides supports along similar lines to the current Student Grant Scheme (the SUSI scheme) to eligible applicants who are in the protection system and who are either:

  • asylum applicants
  • subsidiary protection applicants
  • leave to remain applicants

The requirement for prospective applications to have attended three academic years in the Irish school system and to have obtained the Leaving Certificate in the State, will no longer be required. Prospective applicants will still have to meet the requirement to have been in the protection or leave to remain process for three years.

The Minister said:

“The government is committed to a new long-term approach to Direct Provision. This will take time to implement but in the meantime, we will continue to make improvements for residents in Direct Provision.

“Relaxing the criteria for the student support scheme will hopefully result in more people accessing third level education.

“This support scheme will also be put on a more long-term footing. I am acutely aware of the stress that students feel at this time and I hope that the changes that I have approved will address the fears of prospective applicants.”

The closing date for 2020/21 applications is the 6th of November 2020. Any student who has already applied for support under the scheme, will have his/her application reviewed under the new more favourable conditions of the scheme.


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