Student Grant Applications in Ireland

Applications for Student Grants for Autumn 2020

This summer,  many young Irish people will again be accepting places at Universities and Colleges. Many of those students will be relying on student grants to help with living expenses and travel etc. Student grants have been reduced in recent years   – but at least they are still available here in Ireland.

If you think you might be eligible for a student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible.   The opening date for student grant applications will be around  April 25th 2020.

The “official” closing date for receipt of 2020/21 applications will be the end of July 2020.  But Student Universal Support Ireland will usually allow late applications. (See Below).

Late Applications

The Online Application System for the 2020/20210  academic year is expected to close on November 1st 2020. Students who wish to make an application after that date must satisfy one of the following criteria in order to be granted access to make a late application.

  • Your course is starting after  November 1st 2020.
  • You have had a Change in Circumstances under one, or more, of the following criteria, after   November 1st 2020 and no later than the end of the 2020/21 academic year;
    • Reckonable Income;
    • Number of Dependent Children;
    • Relevant Persons commencing an approved course;
    • Normal Residence;
    • Nationality or immigration status; and/or
      Change of course or institution.
    • You experienced extenuating circumstances that adversely affected you and your ability to make an application prior to the   November 1st 2020. Some examples of this would be a close bereavement or medical circumstances.

Do not delay your grant application until you receive an offer of a place or enrol in college.

You can complete the student grant application with the details of your first choice of course. As the application progresses you will be provided with an opportunity to change this information. If you applied through the CAO and ticked the SUSI ‘opt-in’, the CAO will automatically confirm to SUSI which course you have accepted.

Applications are dealt with by SUSI. (Student Universal Support Ireland).  Last year they processed more than 98,800 applications with in excess of 81,800 students (new and renewal) awarded a grant for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Grants are available to eligible students attending most colleges in Ireland as well as for Irish students attending most colleges in Northern Ireland, the UK and the other EU States.

You can access the Online Student Grant Application system by visiting and clicking “Apply Now”. Alternatively, you can reach the system through the URL

The income of you and/or your family is the main factor in working out your eligibility for a student grant.
Don’t assume that your parent’s income is too large to qualify – you can still get some level of grant support even if your parent’s income is as much as €54,420 a year (Even more if you come from a family with a large number of children.)

The levels of student grant payable range from around €5915 to €300 a year  – depending on the level of your parents’ income. The full maintenance grant for students living away from home is €3025 a year. If you get a student grant you normally get the tuition fees and “registration fee” covered too. (That’s worth around another €3000)

Students who are currently in receipt of a student grant and who are progressing to the next year of the same course will continue to be assessed and paid by the existing awarding authorities – i.e. the relevant local authority or Vocational Educational Committee.

If you are changing your course or starting a new course in 2020 you will need to apply to SUSI. (Student Universal Support Ireland)

Any queries .. contact the SUSI Support Desk

E-mail:  – Telephone: 0761 08 7874
(Watch out for  charges on that 0761 number)

SUSI Student Universal Support Ireland.
Twitter: @susihelpdesk
Mon-Fri 9:00 – 17:30

Post: SUSI PO BOX 12210, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

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11 thoughts on “Student Grant Applications in Ireland

  1. Hi both myself and my son have gone back to college. My son is doing a plc and has to travel by bus. Is there a student bus pass? At the moment it is costing 14€ a day.

  2. My sussi grant got declined but I have a medical card and don’t work what way do I go about getting a student grant

  3. Just wondering for those thinking of Doing masters (Part Time while working) what kind of tax back can they avail of?

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