Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

What is Student Universal Support Ireland?

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is Ireland's national awarding authority for all further and higher education grants. SUSI offers funding to eligible students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education, in approved full time third level courses.

USI administers funding in line with the legislation as set out in the Student Support Act 2011, the Student Support Scheme and Student Support Regulations

When can I make my grant application?

 The SUSI application process opened on 2nd April 2020. An ONLINE ONLY grant applications system is in place for students for the 2020-21.

All new applications will be made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through www.susi.ie 

You can continue to check www.susi.ie and the SUSI Facebook page for information and updates in the meantime.

I received a grant last academic year, do I have to re-apply?

Yes. All students progressing in their course must re-apply for SUSI to be considered for grant funding for the coming academic year. It is important to reapply, as if fail to do so may result you not receiving any funding for the following year. To re-apply please check your email for a offer to re-apply and follow the instructions directed my SUSI.

How will I submit my supporting documentation?

Following initial assessment of your application, if eligible, you will receive by post a provisional grant approval and a personalised list of the supporting documents you will need to return to complete your application. Completed documentary evidence packs (photocopies of the documents, not originals) should be returned as soon as possible in the envelope provided to you.

When you return all the necessary supporting documents SUSI will process your application to award stage, subject to confirmation of your acceptance on an approved course.

When will I receive a final decision from SUSI?

When you confirm acceptance of a place on an approved course (usually late August/early September), your grant is awarded and payment will be made on a monthly basis (subject to confirmation of attendance) directly into your designated Irish bank account.

My family circumstances have changed recently, will SUSI take that into account?

Yes. Under a change of circumstances, SUSI may be able to assess you and the household income on the change of circumstances. You must apply through a change of circumstances by emailing support@susi.ie

Can I receive SUSI if I am doing a second degree?

No. SUSI will only cover contribution and maintenance for one course per NFQ level. You must be progressing to be eligible for SUSI support.

I am hoping to do a Postgraduate course, can I apply for SUSI?

Yes. SUSI may cover part of your postgraduate course if you satisfy their eligibility criteria. Please be aware that Thresholds for SUSI are different in postgraduate, so inform yourself prior to applying to the PAC. To see postgrdaute thresholds please see https://susi.ie/eligibility/postgraduate-student/postgraduate-income-thresholds-and-grant-award-rates/ 

I have to repeat due to medical circumstances, can I get SUSI for my repeat year?

Yes. If you had a medical or family situation that impaired your ability to sit exams, submit assignments or attend lectures, you may be able to apply to SUSI under exceptional circumstances. If you are repeating and want more information on the process please contact Cian the Student Budgetary Advisor and he can assist and guide you through the process.

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