Harte claims education grant changes will hit many LYIT students

Hundreds of families in Donegal will be affected by the cuts to the student maintainance grant announced this week as part of budget 2011.

At the moment, qualifying students attending a college over 24 kilometres from their address receive the full grant. However, the chasnges push the distance out to over 45 kilometres.

Donegal County Councillor, Jimmy Harte, says this will hit LYIT students from towns like Buncrana, which is 41 kilometres away..................

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