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80pc of applicants awarded SUSI grant last year - but just 12pc got maximum amount possible

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The SUSI grant is the main source of financial assistance for many students. Stock photo: Getty

The SUSI grant is the main source of financial assistance for many students. Stock photo: Getty

The SUSI grant is the main source of financial assistance for many students. Stock photo: Getty

Just over 12pc of students who applied for a grant received the maximum amount possible last year, figures have revealed.

Figures from the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) also show that 80.76pc of applicants were awarded some type of grant for the academic year 2018/19.

According to SUSI, students who received the maximum grant, referred to as the "special rate", came from households 45km or more from the college with a combined income of €24,000 or less that also included "one of the long term Department of Social Protection eligible payments" such as the carer's allowance.


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