This submission is made by Kinship Care Ireland (KCI), in response to an open invitation from the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, for contributions to the review of the SUSI Grant scheme.

KCI hopes to assist the review, in determining whether the current system reflects the realities of ‘the student experience’, in keeping with the vision of the current Minister and commitments made in the programme for government, to review SUSI eligibility and 1 adjacency rates .

KCI makes this submission, to impact on the future direction of the SUSI scheme, in order to improve access to third level for a particularly vulnerable group of young people, whose needs are not adequately recognised or consistently supported, under the current system.

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