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Postgraduate student grants

Do you qualify for a fee grant or support?

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The grant application deadline is Thursday, 1st August. You do not have to know the course you will be attending to make an application so APPLY NOW.

Students entering new postgraduate courses are not entitled to any maintenance payment under the Student Grant Scheme 2013. 


Postgraduate students who meet the eligibility conditions for the special rate of grant will be eligible to have their postgraduate tuition fees paid up to the maximum fee limit (€6,270). The income limit for the special rate is €22,703.

Fee contribution:
A limited number of students who would previously have qualified under the standard grant thresholds may qualify to have a €2,000 maximum contribution made towards the costs of their fees.

Where to apply?

  • Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is the new single grant-awarding authority. It handles all new grant applications from 2012.
  • Your grant/fee contribution will be awarded when you confirm acceptance of your place and SUSI will pay it into your bank account.
  • Local authorities deal with renewal grant applications for postgraduate students getting a grant before the 2012-2013 academic year.

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You do not have to know the course you will be attending to make an application. 

Fees means test:

  • The means test can be carried out on your income or your parent’s income. It depends on whether you are an independent mature student or dependent on your parents.
  • If you were resident with your parents from October 1, of the year before the year of entry to the postgraduate course, you are considered dependent on your parents and any income you may have earned is assessed together with your parents' incomes.
  • Independent students are mature students aged over 23 who live separately from their parents from 1 October of the year before the year of entry to the course. If you are an independent student, you are assessed on your own income (and that of your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, if applicable).
Income limits for fee contribution:
Number of dependent children reckonable income limits:
Fewer than 4       €31,500
4-7                          €34,615
8 or more              €37,580


In order to be eligible for a grant in Ireland, you must meet certain criteria around:

Residency: You must have been legally resident in the State for 3 of the previous 5 years to qualify for a maintenance grant.

Nationality/immigration status:

Be a national of an EU member state or an EEA member state or Switzerland
Have refugee status
Have permission to remain in the State by virtue of marriage to, or civil partnership with, an Irish national living here or be the dependent child of a person with such permission

For more on eligibility info, check out Citizens Information here.

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Published July 16th, 2013
Last updated November 28th, 2016
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