The national grant body, SUSI, has restored grants for 39 dental nursing and dental hygiene students at UCC and Trinity College.

SUSI had suspended the payments following a report that suggested the courses did not meet the criteria for grant eligibility.

After a meeting with the Department of Education, the payments have been restored for students on the courses.

The Union of Students Ireland (USI) welcomed the decision, saying that it was important for students and educational institutions to work together.