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Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 29, 2015

The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), has announced that its online application system, for new and renewal student grants, for the 2015/2016 academic year is now open, more than two weeks earlier than last year.

SUSI is entering its fourth year of operations. The national awarding body performed extremely well last year, processing over 103,000 applications with 74,000 students (new and renewal) receiving funding for the 2014/2015 academic year.

It is expected that the number of applications to SUSI for the upcoming academic year will surpass 110,000. In order to meet the challenges posed by such numbers and in building on its continuous learning, SUSI has introduced a number of further key improvements for 2015/2016:

  • Earlier application opening date;
  • Redesigned and more user-friendly website information at, due to go live in the coming days;
  • More automated validation of the online application form;
  • A further streaming of the internal processing of applications;
  • Extended data sharing with Government Departments and agencies;Increased stakeholder engagement; and
  • Enhanced functionality of the online grant eligibility reckoner.

Graham Doyle, Head of Communications and Customer Service with SUSI, has this message for students, “I would encourage students to visit our website,, and review the eligibility criteria for student grant funding prior to making their applications. We have an online grant eligibility reckoner that enables students to answer a short set of questions following which they will be given an indication as to their eligibility for student grant funding.
Applications are made through our website and I would encourage students to submit their applications as early as possible.

Students who are progressing to the next year of their course must renew their grants and we will be writing to students who received grant funding for the 2014/2015 academic year in the coming days.”.

The closing date for the prioritising of renewal applications is 12 June, 2015 and for new applications is 1 August, 201


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