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Remote Area Boarding Grant

From: Department of Education and Skills

Description

The Remote Area Boarding Grant scheme makes provision for the payment of grants in respect of pupils whose normal place of residence is outside the range of public transport services to a school providing suitable free second-level education. The full terms of the scheme are outlined in Circular 0016/2016 .

How does a student qualify for the Remote Area Boarding Grant?

To qualify for a boarding grant, an applicant must be:

  • normally resident in the State; and
  • resident at least 4.8 km from a second-level school where suitable free second-level education is available and more than 3.2 km from a pick-up point on a transport service to such a school; and
  • unable to obtain a place in a suitable second-level school within 25 km of his/her normal place of residence.

Pupils resident on off-shore islands that do not have a school providing suitable free second-level education may also qualify for assistance under the scheme.

What level of grant assistance is available under the Remote Area Boarding Grant?

The maximum grant payable under the scheme from the commencement of the current school year may not exceed € 4,947 per pupil per annum.

The grant is payable quarterly in arrears to the parent/guardian, whichever is appropriate, subject to verification by the school that the pupil has been in full-time attendance for the period concerned and a provision of a statement of the annual maintenance charge.

How to Apply

Complete the application form attached to Circular 0016/2016 and send it to:

Department of Education and Skills, Remote Area Boarding Grant, Schools Division Financial Section, Cornamaddy, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 X659

Contact

E-mail: Miriam_Costello@education.gov.ie

Address: Remote Area Boarding Grant, Schools Division Financial Section, Department of Education and Skills, Cornamaddy, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 X659

Phone: (090) 648 3957