We are pleased to announce the publication of our report into the Student Assistance Fund, commissioned by the Higher Education Authority. Our report is available for download from this webpage and is also referenced on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.
Commenting on the launch of the Crowe Horwath report, Minister Richard Bruton said: “I welcome the publication of the report on the Student Assistance Fund today. Students in third-level institutions experiencing exceptional financial need can apply for support under the Student Assistance Fund. This Fund assists students, in a sensitive and compassionate manner, who might otherwise be unable to continue their third level studies due to their financial circumstances. Information on the fund is available through the Access Officer in the third level institution attended. The review makes a number of recommendations, all of which will be implemented.”
Shane McQuillan, Partner in Crowe Horwath, stated: “This was a detailed assignment which has highlighted the importance of the Student Assistance Fund to many thousands of people studying in our Universities and Institutes of Technology. We found that over 77,000 third-level students have been supported by the Fund in the past six years, with over €43m allocated by Government. In many cases, support provided by the Fund has enabled students to complete their degrees rather than exiting third level education, and we welcome the fact that the HEA, the Department of Education and Skills and other stakeholders will be working to implement the various recommendations Crowe Horwath has made in respect of strengthening and improving the running of the Fund for future academic years.”
The Crowe Horwath team which worked on the review was led by Shane McQuillan and included Catherine Rogers, Jamie Ashworth, and our specialist education consultant Dr Tom McCarthy.