It is claimed that over 700 third level students in Donegal will see a significant cut to their grants as a result of the Budget 2011 measure to change the criteria for the non-adjacent rate of grants.
According to Sinn Fein, 777 Donegal students who previously qualified for the full non-adjacent rate of €3,120 will now receive €1,250.
Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who previously qualified for the special rate of €6,100 will now receive €2,445. This is on top of a 4% cut in student grants across the board.
Donegal North-East Deputy, Padraig McLaughlin, said these cuts to grants, will force many people out of education......