Change in mileage could affect grants

THE change in mileage necessary for third level grants may see some Tullamore student’s grants halved.

THE change in mileage necessary for third level grants may see some Tullamore student’s grants halved.

The issue was raised at the July meeting of Tullamore Town Council by Cllr Tommy McKeigue.

He said the kilometre requirement had changed and as a result some students may not now get their full grants to attend Athlone IT. “This needs to be clarified. This could have major reprecussions for people in Offaly,” he said.

Cllr Sinead Dooley said the VEC was only implementing Government policy. She said she would as the CEO of Offaly VEC to write to councillors to clarify this.