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Applying for a grant as a postgraduate student

Find out if you qualify for a fee grant or other form of support


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Moving on to postgraduate study can be an exciting time, but some students may have some financial concerns. While postgraduate students are not entitled to full maintenance student grants, you may qualify for a fee grant when pursuing postgraduate studies.

If you are eligible, you can receive a grant from SUSI.

Fees grants for postgrad students

There are two types of assistance that postgraduates may qualify for:

  1. If you pass a contribution means test, you can get a flat-rate fee contribution of €2,000
  2. If you meet the "qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant for disadvantaged students", you could have tuition fees paid and essential field trips (up to €6,270). The income limit for the special rate is €23,500. Find out more from Citizen's Information.

Your grant/fee contribution will be awarded when you confirm acceptance of your place and SUSI will pay it into your bank account.

Where to apply?

  • Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is the single grant-awarding authority. It handles all grant applications.
  • 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

Eligibility:

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 Switzerlan
    • 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

To find out if you are eligible, use the SUSI Eligibility Reckoner.

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Published July 16th, 2013
Last updated April 10th, 2018
Tags grants money student finance postgrad postgraduate student grant susi
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