Applications for Student Grants for Autumn 2018
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 was April 5th 2018. The official closing date for receipt of 2018/19 applications will be the end of July 2018 – but they usually allow late applications.
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. (In the UK most students have to apply for a loan). It might not be very long before a similar system of student loans is introduced in Ireland .
If you think you might be eligible for a student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible. (Apply anyway – it doesn’t take too long)
Do not delay your grant application until you receive an offer of a place or enroll in college.
Applications are dealt with by SUSI. (Student Universal Support Ireland). They paid out student grant funding to 82,000 students in the 2015/16 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 other EU States.
You can access the Online Student Grant Application system by visiting www.susi.ie and clicking “Apply Now”. Alternatively, you can reach the system through the URL www.grantsonline.ie
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 €54,000 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 €6000 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 2018 you will need to apply to SUSI. (Student Universal Suport Ireland)
Any queries .. contact the SUSI Support Desk
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – Telephone: 0761 08 7874
(Watch out for possible high charges on that 0761 number)
SUSI Student Universal Support Ireland. www.susi.ie
Mon-Fri 9:00 – 17:30
Post : SUSI PO BOX 12210, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4