Outlined below are changes to the student grants schemes following the Budget regarding the change in arrangement for the qualifying distance criterion for entitlement to the higher non-adjacent rate of grant from 24km to 45km which comes into effect for all students with effect from the start of the 2011/12 academic year
- The qualifying distance criterion for entitlement to the higher non-adjacent rate of grant (distance from home to the higher education institution) will be changed from 15 miles (24 kilometres) to 28 miles (45 kilometres). This measure will take effect for all students both new and renewal from the start of the 2011/12 academic year.
- The automatic eligibility of mature students to the higher non-adjacent rate of payment, will no longer apply, effective for all students both new and renewal from the commencement of the 2011/2012 academic year.
It should be noted that the measurement to determine the applicable rate of distance will be based on the shortest, most direct route (road network) from the candidate’s/parent’s permanent home address to the higher education institution.
The following system located at http://www.meathcocosystems.ie/heg can be used as an aid in determining this distance.