Almost 60,000 student grants awarded
Almost 60,000 students have been awarded third-level grants for the coming academic year.
A further 20,000 applications are still being processed and another 10,000 are expected to be received by Susi, the national awarding authority for third-level education said.
As of this week, 58,794 grants have been awarded.
Some 42pc of students who received a grant received the full grant.
So far for the incoming academic year, 24,766 students received the full grant. This consists of 11,343 students living 45km or less from the college. These students will receive €1,215 in monthly instalments during the academic year.
For Irish undergraduate students, annual college fees are €3,000 per year. The most basic form of Susi grant covers half of these fees.
For the incoming academic year, 2,560 students have so far received this grant. Some 3,125 students have received the second most basic form of the grant, which covers the full cost of college fees.
The maximum possible amount that undergraduate students can receive is the special rate of maintenance, which is €5,915. A total of 18,185 students have received the special rate so far.
"It is important to point out that these figures are provisional," said a spokesperson for Susi.
"We are also expecting to receive another approximately 10,000 applications this year," the spokesperson added.
In 2018, a total of 98,793 students applied for a grant and 12pc of students received the maximum possible amount.