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City Students To Apply Immediately For Student Grants Scheme

Date: 11 Aug 2011

With Leaving Certificate results about to be published, City of Limerick VEC (CLVEC) is now urging students who may qualify for a student grant to apply immediately through the Grants Online facility.  The system is available on www.grantsonline.ie and makes the application process easier than ever. For those commencing college for the first time, CLVEC covers grants for anyone from the city about to undertake a course at an Institute of Technology or any of the Further Education colleges offering PLC courses e.g. Limerick College of Further Education.
 

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The Grants Online system will play an important role in reducing application completion errors because the system is intelligent to the information being input. Commenting on the facility, Ms. Aileen O’Sullivan, Grants Officer, CLVEC, said: “Grants Online should prevent log jams in the system or delays to decisions. Previously, those who waited until very late in the process, frequently only after a CAO offer, faced delayed decisions. Paper-based applications very often are not fully completed, accurately completed or don't have the necessary supporting documentation and these factors contribute significantly to delays.”

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Ms. O’Sullivan continued: “As soon as you complete your online application, you will receive an e-mail back, stating that your application has been received and detailing any specific information that is outstanding. Texts are also sent to applicants' mobile phones. This initiative by City of Limerick VEC is in accordance with transforming the public service and implementing greater efficiency in the timely processing of applications.”

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CLVEC has also set up facilities for online access to Grants Online in reception of its Head Office at the Athenaeum Building on 30 Upper Cecil Street. These facilities are for applicants with no access to IT resources or who want to see at firsthand how the on-line application system works. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 1:00pm and from 1:45pm to 5:00pm. Applicants can also ‘Like’ CLVEC’s page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofLimerickVEC where they can post questions.

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Full details of the grant scheme are also available on www.studentfinance.ie.