Students on dental nursing and hygiene courses in two universities have had their grants restored following clarification from the Department of Education.

The student grants awarding body approved the full-time dental nursing and dental hygiene courses in Trinity College Dublin and the dental hygiene course in University College Cork for grants.

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) said questions arose about the eligibility status of the courses following a review and grants were suspended. 

It added that the Department of Education has now clarified the courses are approved and payments will be restored to eligible students, and any arrears paid, as soon as possible.