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Student Grant: Frequently Asked Questions

Some replies to those grant queries.

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I have been approved for a 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. Students continuing on their existing courses will continue to be paid the same way as previous years and by their current grant awarding authority.

I have been approved for a student grant but part of my course involves studying abroad for one academic year/work placement. 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.

I am starting a course in September and expect to qualify for the Back To Education Allowance. Will this affect my grant application?

Yes. Students entering a new course who are in receipt of the BTEA will no longer be eligible for a maintenance grant. Although you can apply under the student grant scheme to have the student contribution charge and any tuition fees payable for the course paid on your behalf.

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


I have to repeat the year on an undergrad course. I did not pay tuition fees for my first attempt as they were covered under the Free Fees initiative. I must pay repeat tuition fees to do the year again. Am I to apply for tax relief on the fees paid?


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. 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.

Can I download an application form for a student grant?

No. The student grant application process is now online only. You can apply 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. Apply here.

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Published July 18th, 2013
Last updated April 4th, 2017
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