Students on full time programs may be eligible for grant assistance to help with the various costs of participating in higher education.
Family and/or personal income is a key factor that will be assessed. There are also some other conditions relating to age, residency, previous study, and distance from college.
The website studentfinance.ie has very useful information on SUSI the grant awarding authority, the Student Assistance Fund and the Back to Education Allowance. If you go to the SUSI website www.susi.ie you will find an Eligibility Reckoner and if you are eligible you can apply on-line here.
Students on part-time courses, access or foundation courses (in higher education institutions) and on short courses are not normally eligible for a grants.
New Grant Applications
All new application including students changing their courses or progressing to new courses (be they add-on courses or otherwise), will be made online through Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, www.susi.ie. SUSI pays students directly in to their nominated bank accounts. All payments (Levels 6/7/8) under this scheme will be paid directly into your bank account on a monthly basis. Please contact SUSI for detailed payment schedule.
Renewal SUSI applications
Students awarded by SUSI previously must renew their application online annually and SUSI will notify them by email when this facility is available.
Grant approval can take a long time. There are a lot of applicants and a lot of documentation to check. We strongly advise you to send in your grant application early (SUSI advertise the opening date yearly). It is not necessary to wait until you get your exam results or CAO offer. Make sure that you supply any supporting documents that are required, e.g. income, residency status, etc.
If you apply late, or if you forget to provide information or documents that have been requested, it’s likely that the first payment of your grant will be delayed.
Repeating a Year
Repeating a year can be very expensive. It is best avoided.
Continued payment of the grant is subject to satisfactory attendance, performance and progression. Therefore if you don’t progress you will lose your grant. (The grant authority has discretion to waive this in exceptional circumstances, such as serious illness.) In addition to losing the grant, you will also have to pay your own tuition and registration fees.