Tuesday 27 September 2016

You still have time to apply for SUSI grant

Aoife Walsh

Published 22/08/2016 | 06:00

The SUSI grant is a means-tested financial support for those entering higher and further education. Stock Image
The SUSI grant is a means-tested financial support for those entering higher and further education. Stock Image

The SUSI grant is a means-tested financial support for those entering higher and further education.

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SUSI is still accepting applications and it is essential to apply as soon as possible to ensure prompt payment.

The application process is the same whether you are planning to attend a further education course, an institute of technology or university. Students are also assessed in the same way, although the grant awarded will be slightly different, depending on which course the student enters.

Applicants do not need to know whether they will enter a further or higher education course to apply (some applicants may still be hoping for an offer in future rounds). It is only necessary to indicate which course they believe they are most likely to enter.

Applicants should first visit the eligibility reckoner on susi.ie, which will give an indication of whether or not they are likely to qualify for a grant, based on information they will be asked to provide.

If the reckoner indicates that an applicant may qualify for a grant, the next step is go to grantsonline.ie or susi.ie and follow instructions. Applicants will need to have their PPS number and, as they will be asked questions in relation to income and benefits, it may be helpful to have a parent present when completing the form.

The application facility has a 'save' option so applicants can save their progress and return later if they come across a question they cannot answer immediately.

Once the online application is complete, susi.ie will notify applicants of any documentation they will be required to submit. Once submitted, applications can be tracked online.

A representative of SUSI will be taking calls at the National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCpp) Freephone Helpline - 1800 265 165 - today, tomorrow, and Wednesday.

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