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July 21, 2008

Student Grant Income Limits Increased


The income limits for student maintenance grants are set to increase in time for the start of the 2008 academic year according to local Fianna Fail T.D.; Deputy Michael Fitzpatrick.

“The income limits are being increased in line with movements in the average industrial wage for students in receipt of the standard rates of grant.”  

“The top limit for grant eligibility where there are less than four dependent children has been increased from €48,335 to €49,690. This will result in over 56,000 students from households with moderate incomes not having to pay the student service charge.”  

“The increase in the income limits recognises wage increases and will increase the numbers of eligible students.”

“The annual income threshold for maintenance grants has also increased from €18,055 to €20,147 to reflect social welfare increases. This will help to ensure that students from families with the lowest incomes qualify for maximum rates of grants.”

“It is important that the financial constraints on students are recognised and practical supports are provided.”

“Anyone who thinks they might be eligible should check the ‘Students and Trainees’ section of the Department website,,” concluded Deputy Fitzpatrick.