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Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 3, 2017

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) – the centralised  grant application scheme for college students, reopens for both new and renewal applications today –  Monday 3rd April 2017.

Application Process

SUSI administers the student grant scheme in its entirety. Last year SUSI awarded grant funding to 76,000 students for the 2016/17 academic year. It is anticipated that it will receive over 110,000 applications for 2017/18 from today, and will provide around €380 million in support to some 80,000 students.

Who can apply

Eligible students in approved full-time, third-level education in Ireland and, in some cases, students studying outside the State can access grant funding. All types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education can apply.

Any student who thinks they might be eligible for a SUSI grant is urged to submit their application online to SUSI as soon as possible to ensure that it is processed as quickly as possible.

The priority closing dates for the 2017/18 student grant scheme are:

  • 13th July for new applicants
  • 15th June for renewals from students already in college.

Note: As a new grant applicant, you do not need to have accepted a place on a college course in order to apply for a grant. You can do this later in the process.

The student grant scheme is quite a detailed application process so it is crucial that you apply as early as possible if you plan to take-up a course of study this year. Grant applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so the earlier you apply and get any supportiung documents required submitted to SUSI, the earlier you will have a response on the outcome of your application to put your mind at ease when it comes to starting college.

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said “I would encourage students who think they might be eligible for support to submit their online applications to SUSI as soon as possible.”

Changes 2017/18

Postgraduate – Added demand is expected this year due to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for postgraduate students. The postgraduate maintenance grant scheme to support students at third level was abolished by the Government in 2012 in order to save €50 million per year. Additional funding of €4 million was secured in Budget 2017 to facilitate the reinstatement of full maintenance grants from September 2017 for disadvantaged postgraduate students.

PLC – A change to “Second Chance” provision will allow mature students who attended college and dropped out, not successfully completing an approved course, can now apply to SUSI again as a new applicant, following a break in study of five years.

For full details and online application see


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