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Student Grant: Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for a student grant can be confusing sometimes, but we have some answers to common questions about the student grants.


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Applying for a student grant can be confusing, and many people have questions around how the application works and when they will be paid. We have answered some of your frequently asked questions about student grants.

Find out more about the SUSI maintenance and fee grants here

Student Grant FAQ

See below the responses to some of the frequently asked questions about the student grant.

I have been approved for a SUSI grant, how will it be paid?

Students applying to SUSI will be paid on a monthly basis (nine instalments) into their own bank account. The student contribution element of the fee grant will be paid directly to the college on your behalf.

I have been approved for a student grant but part of my course involves studying abroad/work placement for one academic year. Will I still get the grant for this time away from college?

Yes, as long as the period abroad/work placement is part of the course and doesn’t extend the normal duration of the course.

Can I get a maintenance grant while on Back To Education Allowance (BTEA)?

No, students entering a new course who are in receipt of the BTEA will no longer be eligible for a maintenance grant. However, you may be eligible for a fee grant to have the student contribution charge and any tuition fees payable for the course paid on your behalf. Find out more about the maintenance grant and fee grant here.

I am in receipt of Disability Allowance and am enrolled in an approved course. Can I apply to the Fund for Students with Disabilities?

Yes. Find out more about the Fund for Students with Disabilities here.

Can I still get the grant if I have to repeat the year?

If you have to repeat a year on the same course, then you are not eligible for a grant for the repeat year.

I am registered on an approved course and am receiving a student grant. Can I also get the Student Assistance Fund?

You are eligible to apply for the Student Assistance Fund while receiving a SUSI grant. Your grant will be taken into account by your college in assessing your needs. The decision on your application will be taken by the college, based on the information you provide.

Where can I apply for a SUSI grant?

The student grant application process is now online only. Find out more about the application process here.

I already have a qualification, am I eligible for a grant if I return to college?

If you already have a third level qualification, this may affect your eligibility for a grant. You will not get a grant if you start a new course that does not represent a progression from your previous qualification (for example going from a level 8 to another level 8 course), even if you did not get a grant in your previous course.

I have applied for an approved course in higher education but I may decide in September to take up a different course. Am I required to fill out a further online grant application?

No. If you are approved for a grant you will, nearer the start of the academic year, be required to fill out a “Final Course Acceptance” form. This form will allow the awarding authority to complete the processing of your application in respect of the course being pursued.

Don’t wait until you decide what course you want to take up before applying for a student grant, you do not have to know the course you will be attending to make an application.

For more information on applying for the SUSI student grant, visit the SUSI website.

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Published July 18th, 2013
Last updated August 17th, 2018
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