An urgent review is needed of the SUSI grant scheme for third-level education - particularly in light of Covid-19.
That's according to Mayo TD Rose Conway-Walsh, the Sinn Fein spokesperson on Higher Education.
The Erris-based TD says it makes no sense for applicants to be assessed on last year's income, given the number of people whose income has been significantly reduced since the start of the pandemic.
She also believes the thresholds to avail of SUSI grants are too low, and that people should be assessed on their net income, rather than gross income.
Deputy Conway-Walsh claims many working families are excluded from SUSI and are being pushed into poverty trying to send their children to college.
The Sinn Fein TD said she raised the matter in the Dáil with Tanaiste Leo Varadker, to highlight the need for an urgent review of the SUSI grant scheme.