The priority closing date for new applications to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) - the centralised grant application scheme for college students, is 13th July 2017 - just 2 weeks away.
Who can apply
Any student who thinks they might be eligible for a SUSI grant is urged to submit their application online to SUSI as soon as possible to ensure that it is processed as quickly as possible.
The priority closing dates for the 2017/18 student grant scheme is 13th July for new applicants
[15th June was the date for renewals from students already in college].
Note: As a new grant applicant, you do not need to have accepted a place on a college course in order to apply for a grant. You can do this later in the process.
The student grant scheme is a detailed application process. Students planning for college in the autumn are urged to apply as early as possible in order to have an early decision from SUSI.
Grant applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so the earlier you apply and get any supporting documents required submitted to SUSI, the earlier you will have a response on the outcome of your application to put your mind at ease when it comes to starting college.
Changes for 2017/18
Postgraduate - Added demand is expected this year due to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for postgraduate students. The postgraduate maintenance grant scheme to support students at third level was abolished by the Government in 2012 in order to save €50 million per year. Additional funding of €4 million was secured in Budget 2017 to facilitate the reinstatement of full maintenance grants from September 2017 for disadvantaged postgraduate students.
PLC - A change to “Second Chance” provision will allow mature students who attended college and dropped out, not successfully completing an approved course, can now apply to SUSI again as a new applicant, following a break in studies of five years.
For full details and online application see www.susi.ie
The CareersPortal Team