SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. SUSI began processing in 2012, replacing the sixty-six local awarding authorities who had previously processed student grant applications.
SUSI offer funding to eligible students in approved full-time third-level education in Ireland and also, in some cases, funding for students studying outside the State. SUSI offer support to all types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education.
SUSI process applications under the criteria set out in the Student Support Act 2011, the Student Support Regulations and the Student Grant Scheme.
The SUSI grant process is the main source of financial help available to students in Ireland from the Irish State for students in full-time higher education undergraduate courses. For eligible students, SUSI is there to help with the many different costs of enrolling in further or higher education.
If you need help assess whether you are eligible and guide you in beginning the process, you can do so by visiting The Student Finance Website www.studentfinance.ie
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who or where do I apply!?
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is the single awarding authority for all student grant applications. If you are a new student or changing course you should apply to SUSI through their website. Visit them at https://susi.ie/
How can I contact SUSI?
You can contact The SUSI Support Desk which is open 9.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org you can also call them at 0761 08 7874 or take a look at their Facebook page here Facebook.com/susisupport
Can I apply to SUSI online?
Yes you can! The student grant application system is an “Online application system” and can be accessed at www.grantsonline.ie
Can I submit an application for a student grant after the advertised closing date?
No, you cannot normally unless you have a permanent change in circumstances. It is highly recommended that you complete an online application as soon as you can after either completing your Leaving Certificate exams or if you are thinking about pursuing an approved course in 2016/17, but not later than the published closing date. You will need to contact SUSI in relation to any application after that date.
I have been approved for a grant, how will it be paid?
Students applying to SUSI will be paid on a monthly basis (nine installments) into their own bank account. Continued payment will be dependent on verification of your attendance on the course by your college at regular intervals throughout the academic year.
What happens if my application for a student grant is refused, or I do not receive the level of grant I expected? Can I appeal the decision?
Yes, if you feel your application for a student grant has been incorrectly assessed you may appeal the decision of the awarding authority to its appeals officer – you must do this within thirty days of the awarding authority’s decision.
For further information on Student Grants and Funding, please visit us in the Students Union office
Phone: 0761 08 7874