Applying for a grant: It is not too late to apply, but do it now
If a student feels they may qualify for this means-tested payment they should begin the process immediately, if they have not already done so.
Applications should be made even if a student has not fully decided if they will go to college.
All applicants will be assessed on gross income from all sources for the period January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. They will be assessed as either a 'Dependant' or 'Independent' applicant. A dependant applicant is assessed on their own income and that of their parents or legal guardian while an independent applicant is assessed on their own income and that of their spouse/civil partner or cohabitant.
The income threshold applied to households differs depending on factors such as the number of children in the house, number of children currently attending college and the type of courses the applicant intends to pursue, i.e. PLC or undergraduate. Income thresholds vary from €22,703 up to €64,285, where there are more than eight children with at least one attending third level.
The amount awarded ranges from 100pc maintenance grant and 100pc student contribution to no maintenance and 50pc student contribution.
Those interested should first visit the eligibility reckoner on susi.ie, which allows potential applicants to enter information about nationality, income etc, and gives an indication of whether or not they are likely to qualify.
If the eligibility reckoner indicates that an applicant may qualify, the next step is to log on to grantsonline.ie or susi.ie home page and click the 'Apply Here' icon.
Asylum seekers who meet certain conditions, such as being in the country for at least five years and who have their Leaving Certificate, may qualify for a grant.
More information at education.ie/en/Learners/Services/Pilot-Support-Scheme/