Student Grant Applications in Ireland

Applications for Student Grants for Autumn 2021

This September,  many young Irish people will hopefully be accepting places at Universities and Colleges.
A large number of those students will be relying on student grants to help with living expenses and travel etc. Student grants were cut in recent years   – but at least they are still available here in Ireland. Because of Covid – many family’s incomes fell in 2020, this could mean more students are eligible for bigger grants in 2021.

Student Grant Applications in Ireland are dealt with by SUSI. (Student Universal Support Ireland)


SUSI Opening Dates

Renewal grant applications open on the 31st of March 2021

NEW student grant applications open at SUSI on April 22nd 2021.

If you think you might be eligible for a student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible.


SUSI Closing Dates

The priority closing dates at SUSI were the 10th of June for renewal applications and the 8th of July for new applications,

The “official” closing date for receipt of 2021/22 applications is usually the end of July 2021.  But Student Universal Support Ireland will usually allow late applications. (See Below).
On average, it takes approx. 5 weeks to process an application.

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.


Late Applications

The closing date for Online Applications for the 2021/2022  academic year is expected to be November 1st 2021. 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 2021.
  • You have had a Change in Circumstances under one, or more, of the following criteria, after   November 1st 2021 and no later than the end of the 2021/22 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 November 1st 2021. Some examples of this would be a close bereavement or medical circumstances.

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.
SUSI is accepting applications in the usual way from Irish students intending to study approved courses in the UK and from UK students intending to study in Ireland, as they can continue to avail of student grants if eligible.

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


How Much is the Student Grant in Ireland?

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 a maximum of €5915 to €300 a year. It depends 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).


Income Disregards for Student Grant

Gross income is used to calculate the eligibility for student grant applications in Ireland – but there are a few types of income that are not used.

  1. Employment-related expenses as approved by the Revenue Commissioners that appear on your Statement of Liability, (formerly P21);
  2. income from employment which represents holiday earnings outside of term time, maximum €4,500;
  3. maintenance payments made under a legally enforceable arrangement to a separated spouse, as approved by the Revenue Commissioners that appear on your Statement of Liability, (formerly P21);
  4. contributions to pension schemes and pension or retirement products, within the limits allowed by the Revenue Commissioners that appear on your Statement of Liability, (formerly P21)
  5. overtime payments earned in the reference period (2019) that are not recurring payments.

As well as the above disregards – there are also many social welfare payments that are disregarded. See the list here


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 2021 you will need to apply to SUSI. (Student Universal Support Ireland)

Any queries .. contact the SUSI Support Desk

E-mail: support@susi.ie  – Telephone: 0761 08 7874
(Don’t worry about   call charges on that 0761 number)

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

Post: SUSI PO BOX 12210, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

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2 thoughts on “Student Grant Applications in Ireland

  1. Is there any changes in the income threshold for the susi grant this year

    • As far as we are aware – the thresholds remain the same as last year.

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