SUSI is months ahead on processing grants
THE student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), is two months ahead in processing grant applications compared with last year.
SUSI has awarded grants to 52,000 students so far this year, including 32,000 first-time applicants and 20,000 renewals.
Of those, 48,000 students are already receiving payment and the remainder of those awarded will be paid as soon as colleges confirm that they are registered and attending.
Improvements were introduced to the system this year to speed up the grant application and decision-making process.
SUSI got off to a controversial start last year, when errors and delays left students waiting for months for their grants. Changes for this year included electronic links between SUSI and a range of state agencies to allow for the direct transfer of certain documents, such as tax certificates, needed to support an application.
SUSI expects to award a total of 60,000 grants for this academic year – 40,000 of them to new applicants.
A SUSI spokesperson said the agency had given final decisions on all completed applications received and was now awaiting documents and additional information from 11,000 students.
Students are being urged to send in all requested documents as quickly as possible. Once these arrive, students will have to wait no longer than two weeks to get a final decision on their grant.