Saturday 17 August 2019

Not too late to apply for SUSI grant

Stock image
Stock image

Grants are available to support students in both higher education and further education and anyone who thinks they may be eligible should waste no time in applying to SUSI.

Applications should be made even if a student has not decided whether to attend third-level or do a PLC, as the sooner they apply the sooner payment can be made.

Grants are means-tested and answering a few questions on the Eligibility Reckoner on will give an indication of whether an application would succeed.

The income threshold for eligibility depends on factors such as the number of children in the household and the number attending college.

For undergraduates, the amount awarded may vary from 100pc maintenance and 100pc student contribution charge to no maintenance and 50pc student contribution charge. A non-adjacent rate is for students living 45km or more from college.

PLC students may only receive the maintenance grant.

In 2018/19 the main grants awarded were:

17,448 100pc Student Contribution & €3,025
maintenance grant (non-adjacent)
15,227 100pc Student Contribution & €1,215
maintenance grant (adjacent)
12,500 100pc Student Contribution & €2,375
maintenance grant (Special Rate*,
11,813 100pc Student Contribution & €5,915
maintenance grant (Special Rate,**

* Where household income did not exceed €23,500 (this has risen to €24,000 for 2019/20 year) and where a specified social welfare payment was paid.

** 86pc of new grants were paid by October.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News