Andrew Slevin, deputy president of AIT Student Union, Cat O’Driscoll, academic affairs officer, Union of Students of Ireland, and Deputy Robert Troy at a meeting to discuss student grants on Wednesday.
Andrew Slevin, deputy president of AIT Student Union, Cat O’Driscoll, academic affairs officer, Union of Students of Ireland, and Deputy Robert Troy at a meeting to discuss student grants on Wednesday.View More Images
Speaking at the SUSI information evening last Wednesday in the Youth Cafe, Westmeath Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy explained why he felt it was necessary for people to be prepared.
“I decided to host this evening to give parents and students an opportunity to discuss any concerns they might have regarding the SUSI process. Following SUSI’s disastrous first year and the hardship that was enforced on families as a result, we need to be prepared this year and anticipate some of the challenges we may again face,” he said.
There was a great turnout at the informal event and the venue of the Youth Cafe was perfect for such an assembly.
Cat O’Driscoll, academic affairs officer with SUSI, informed the group of the changes it has implemented, differences that she was hopeful would be strongly applied.
AIT deputy president, Andrew Slevin, gave students a comprehensive insight into the difficulty that some students from AIT faced last year as a result of SUSI’s mismanagement. He explained that should students find themselves in financial difficulty there are other options such as the Student Assistance Fund and, in extreme cases, the Hardship Fund.
“AIT dealt with some awful cases last year, where students were asked to provide ridiculous and sometimes impossible items to verify their eligibility. We are better prepared this year in the student union and are on hand, as of now, to assist any student with their grant process. I am determined, as deputy president of AIT Students Union, to ensure the chaos of last year is not repeated,”
Deputy Troy concluded by explaining “we are certainly equipped this year and the minister has committed to smoother operations. However, based on this government’s past performances and the messy start with last week’s delays, I am not ruling out difficulty. I have assisted dozens of students with SUSI grants to date and I am available to assist any student with this matter should they have queries,” he concluded.
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