Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) - Grants

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Overview

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. We began processing in 2012, replacing the sixty-six local awarding authorities who had previously processed student grant applications. SUSI offers funding to eligible students in approved full-time third-level education in Ireland and also, in some cases, funding for students studying outside the State. We offer support to all types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education.

Details

How to Apply for a SUSI Grant: Tips for Applicants

  • Make your application as early as possible after the opening date.
  • Make sure the information you supply in relation to dates of birth, PPS numbers, etc. is correct, to avoid delays in the processing of your application.
  • Find out what class of applicant you are – Dependent, Mature Dependent or Independent.
  • It is important that you supply SUSI with all of the documentation that we request from you, correctly first time and on time. If you need more time then contact our support desk to let us know.
  • You can use the application tracker in your online account to check the progress of your submitted application at any stage.

Steps

  • Step 1 Make Your Application
  • Step 2 Supply Supporting Documentation
  • Step 3 Receive Grant Decision
  • Step 4 Receive Your Payment

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Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

To be eligible for student funding, you must meet the following Eligibility Criteria:

  • Residency and Nationality
  • Income
  • Maximum period of grant assistance available
  • Previous Education and Progression
  • Approved course in an approved institution.

PLC Student

Nationality and Residency:

  • You must be an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss National or have specific leave to remain in the State.
  • You must be ordinarily resident in Ireland or the EU for 3 of the last 5 years. If you were resident outside the State for this period but were resident in the EU, EEA or Switzerland you are deemed to be a tuition student which would normally make you eligible for the course fee portion of a grant. However, as you are applying for a PLC course of study (and SUSI does not supply funding for course fees on PLC courses, i.e. funding on PLC courses is provided for maintenance only) you will not qualify for any funding from SUSI.

Course:

  • You must be progressing in your education (increasing your NFQ level).
  • You must be attending an approved course in an approved institution.  

Income:

  • Who is included in the calculation of your income for grant purposes depends on which class of applicant you are, dependent or independent.  Please note that applicants who apply under the incorrect class will have their applications cancelled and will need to apply again.
  • Your reckonable income (income calculated for grant purposes) must fall under the specified thresholds. This income will be a factor in determining what type of funding you could receive.

Maximum periods of grant assistance:

  • Funding is only available to students at PLC level for a certain amount of years and depends on their previous education.

Undergraduate Student

Nationality and Residency:

  • You must be an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss National or have specific leave to remain in the State.
  • You must be ordinarily resident in Ireland, the EU, EEA or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years. If you were resident outside the State, it may affect the type of funding you could receive.

Course:

  • You must be progressing in your education (increasing your NFQ level).
  • You must be attending an approved course in an approved institution.

Income:

  • Who is included in the calculation of your income for grant purposes depends on which class of applicant you are, dependent or independent.  Please note that applicants who apply under the incorrect class will have their applications cancelled and will need to apply again.
  • Your reckonable income (income calculated for grant purposes) must fall under the specified thresholds. This income will be a factor in determining what type of funding you could receive

Maximum periods of grant assistance:

  • Funding is only available to students at Undergraduate level for a certain amount of years and depends on their previous education.

Postgraduate Student

Nationality and Residency:

  • You must be an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss National or have specific leave to remain in the State.
  • You must be ordinarily resident in Ireland, the EU, EEA or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years. If you were resident outside the State, it could affect the type of funding you could receive.

Course:

  • You must be progressing in your education (increasing your NFQ level).
  • You must be attending an approved course in an approved institution.

Income:

  • Who is included in the calculation of your income for grant purposes depends on which class of applicant you are, dependent or independent.  Please note that applicants who apply under the incorrect class will have their applications cancelled and will need to apply again.
  • Your reckonable income (income calculated for grant purposes) must fall under the specified thresholds. This income will be a factor in determining what type of funding you could receive. 

Maximum periods of grant assistance:

  • Funding is only available to students at Postgraduate level for a certain amount of years and depends on their previous education.

Students Studying Outside the State

The Maintenance Grant is the only funding available to Undergraduate Students pursuing approved courses outside the Irish State. For those studying outside the state please also note that funding is available for Undergraduate Study only (except for postgraduate courses in four approved institutions in Northern Ireland).

Nationality and Residency:

  • You must be an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss National or have specific leave to remain in the State.
  • You must be ordinarily resident in Ireland, the EU, EEA or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years. If you were resident outside the State, it could affect the type of funding you could receive.

Course:

  • You must be progressing in your education (increasing your NFQ level).
  • You must be attending an approved course in an approved institution

Income:

  • Who is included in the calculation of your income for grant purposes depends on which class of applicant you are, dependent or independent.  Please note that applicants who apply under the incorrect class will have their applications cancelled and will need to apply again.
  • Your reckonable income (income calculated for grant purposes) must fall under the specified thresholds. This income will be a factor in determining what type of funding you could receive. 

Maximum periods of grant assistance:

  • Funding is only available to students at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level for a certain amount of years and depends on their previous education.

Dates:

Deadline: As soon as possible


Cost/funding for participants:

There is Maintenance Grant and Fee Grant funding available to undergraduate students pursuing approved courses within the State.

Maintenance Grant

Tuition students and students in receipt of a BTEA (Back to Education Allowance) payment are not eligible to receive the maintenance grant.

The maintenance grant is a contribution towards day-to-day living costs and is paid directly to eligible students through nine monthly installments over the course of the academic year. The total amount of grant payable will depend upon the level of a student’s reckonable income. The below table details the thresholds and maintenance payments for undergraduate students (thresholds are in bold).

Maintenance grants are paid at an adjacent and non-adjacent rate. Students must ordinarily reside over 45km from where they intend to study to be eligible for the non-adjacent rate.

Fee Grant

The fee grant is made up of three elements as follows:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Student Contribution Charge
  • Compulsory Field Trip Expenses
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