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Confirmed: Education Minister Joe McHugh said students can apply. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Confirmed: Education Minister Joe McHugh said students can apply. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

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Confirmed: Education Minister Joe McHugh said students can apply. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Thousands more students are likely to qualify for a Susi college grant for the next academic year because of the impact of Covid-19 on household finances.

Susi opens for applications for 2020/21 tomorrow, with confirmation that income losses suffered by students and families as a result of the current emergency will be taken into account in deciding eligibility.

Normally, Susi assesses applicants on the basis of income in the previous calendar year, but a "change of circumstances" clause makes provision for a sudden drop in income in the current year.