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SUSI grant application priority closing date 13th July

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SUSI grant application priority closing date 13th July

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 

SUSI grant application priority closing date 13th July

Priority closing date for new applications to SUSI - (Student Universal Support Ireland) - the centralised grant application scheme for college students, is Thursday 13th July, leaving just two days for students and their parents to get the application in.

Who can apply

Any student who thinks they might be eligible for a SUSI grant is urged to submit their application online to SUSI before this date, to ensure that it is processed in time for the start of the college year.

For new applicants, the priority closing date for the 2017/18 student grant is 13th July.

As a new grant applicant, you do not need to have accepted a college place to apply for a grant. You can do that later in the process. Students 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.

What is it worth?

There are two parts to the student grant:

Maintenance grant - this is towards for day-to-day living costs. An amount of up to €3,025 for eligible undergraduate and PLC students. There is also a special rate of maintenance of €5,915 for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Fee Grant - the full fee grant is worth up to €6,270 towards the cost of tuition fees, compulsory field-trip expenses and the student contribution charge. The fee grant is available to both eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Students may qualify for both the fee grant and the maintenance grant. 

How to apply

The student grant scheme is a detailed application process. Check out these useful videos for a full explanation.

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. Financially disadvantaged postgraduate students can also now get the €5,915 grant.

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 their studies of five years.

Tips for SUSI applicants

For full details and online application see SUSI

Find out more about grants and funding here.

The CareersPortal Team