Third level students will be able to earn more in summer jobs without losing eligibility to the Student Grant Scheme, under plans being brought to Cabinet by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris.

The threshold for holiday earnings is currently from €4,500, however this will increase to €6,552 - should the proposal secure ministerial backing.

It is hoped that students will benefit from by being able to earn an additional €2,000 during the summer break, while the tourism and hospitality sector will benefit at a time when it is difficult to secure workers.

It is the latest change to the Student Grant Scheme.

From September, all maintenance grants will increase by €200; income thresholds have been changed to ensure more students are eligible; and the adjacency rate has also been amended meaning more students will qualify for a higher level of support.

Separately, Minister Harris will also bring a memo to Government to assist displaced Ukrainians access third level education.

Under the scheme, Ukrainian students will be treated as Irish students and will be able to access financial assistance through the Erasmus scheme.

The minister will also outline proposals to accommodate Irish students who were studying in Ukraine.