Thursday 25 December 2014

Getting that college grant - and as soon as possible

Published 18/08/2014 | 06:00

Getting that grant fast

More than four in 10 students depend on a student grant, so it is important that those who qualify for one ensure they submit their application as early as possible

While August 1 was the advertised deadline, the door has not closed on those who feel they are entitled to a grant .

SUSI's Graham Doyle advises that in the applications submitted already, some students are providing incorrect PPS numbers for themselves and/or incorrect dates of birth for other parties to their applications, for example parents.

"This makes it difficult for us to utilise our enhanced data-sharing with other government bodies and delays the processing of students' grant applications. So please be sure that the information you provide is accurate".

He also said that where there is income from self-employment or farming, SUSI requires a full set of trading accounts for 2013 and the acknowledgment of self assessment received from Revenue when tax returns have been filed.

"Students are applying to SUSI without these tax returns being filed and this means that we are unable to fully process such applications". Students are also encouraged to use the SUSI online application tracker, where they can track the progress of their application and confirm that SUSI has received their documentation without having to contact SUSI directly.

SOME FAQs

The deadline for new student grant applications to SUSI was August 1. Does that mean that I am too late to apply now?

No, SUSI is still accepting applications for the 2014/2015 year. Those applications received by SUSI before the August deadline will receive priority processing.

Do students have to wait until they have been offered a course place before applying?

No. Students can, and should, apply to SUSI now. SUSI will get course information directly from the CAO for those students who have filled out the CAO form and ticked the option on the form for SUSI. Students who have not ticked the SUSI option through the CAO can submit a Final Course Acceptance form to SUSI when they have been offered, and accepted, a college place.

When can students expect to receive their first payments?

The first payment will be in October, after colleges confirm to SUSI that a student is registered and attending

*SUSI encourages students to visit the website www.susi.ie to review information about the eligibility criteria for student grant funding, including its new online grant eligibility reckoner where students can quickly and easily self-assess whether they may be entitled to grant. SUSI also has a representative taking calls on the Exam Helpline 1800 265 165.

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