Friday 22 September 2017

Grant application is easier than ever but begin soon

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Applying for a college grant is easier than ever.
Applying for a college grant is easier than ever.

Aoife Walsh

The SUSI online application system for student grants opened on May 8 and will remain open for new applications until August 1. Any student who is intending on making a grant application should do so as soon as possible.

As the application process closes on August 1, there is no need for students to have a college offer before they apply. In fact, applications should be made even if a student is not yet sure if they will they will take up their third level offer.

Changes in SUSI mean that this year there should be a smoother process for applicants than ever before. New internal processes, as well as an extended data sharing service, will result in less work on the part of the applicant.

While applicants will be required to submit far fewer documents than in the past, they may still be required to submit some. If this is the case, applicants will receive a personalised list of documents which they must send to SUSI. As documents may take time to gather, this process should begin as soon as possible. Once all documents have been gathered, photocopies only should be sent to SUSI. Applicants should also include a stamped self-addressed envelope so SUSI can return the documents.

While SUSI will issue a date by which these documents must be received, the sooner they are received by SUSI the better. SUSI has provided a list of possible required documents on its website. It is helpful for applicants to have a look at this list and start organising items they are sure they will need: for example, a document in relation to nationality or refugee status.

Finally, as grants are based on income levels in 2013, self-employed persons must provide their accounts for that year, as well as a notice for assessment for 2013. As many self-employed persons would not normally have these items so early in the year, it is important that this process is started as soon as possible.

Once SUSI has received the necessary documents, the application will be processed. If successful, the applicant will be notified that they have been provisionally awarded a grant. The money will be released once the institution has confirmed the student's registration on a course.

Copies of any correspondence with SUSI should be retained until a student has received payment.

USEFUL CONTACTS

studentfinance.ie

susi.ie

grantsonline.ie

SUSI Support Desk: email support@susi.ie; telephone 0761087874

facebook.com/susisupport

Documents should be sent to: PO Box 12210, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

IMPORTANT DATES

May 14 Enrolment Day, Ballsbridge College of Further Education

May 15 Late Paper Applicants receive statement of courses CAO

May 17 Open Day, Sound Training Centre

Open Day, Kinsale College

May 19 Enrolment Day and second round interviews, St John's Central College

May 21 Open Day and interviews, Killester College

  • Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community School, Co Dublin

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