First time student grant application window closes this Thursday

First time student grant application window closes this Thursday

If you have a child heading to college for the FIRST time in September they have until this Thursday (July 13) to apply for a student grant.

For students wishing to renew their grant application, that deadline (June 15) has already passed, so best to contact Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) immediately.

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SUSI place a priority on early applications, and say these will be dealt with first.

Known as the ‘maintenance grant’ by most, up to €3,025 is available for eligible undergraduate and PLC students.

Students from families classed as being in the most need of financial assistance can receive up to €5,915.

Added to this, there is also what is known as the ‘fees grant’ available to eligible undergraduate and post graduate students – this is a separate grant, but some students are entitled to both.

The ‘fees grant’ usually covers tuition and student contribution fees, and other expenses such as funds for field trips throughout the year.

For those awaiting their leaving cert results or CAO offers, SUSI have urged them to apply for their grant anyway and put down their first choice course when applying.

If one or both of the student’s parents are self-employed, SUSI said not to wait until they have filed their returns as it is the income earned in 2016  that must be declared on application forms.

For more information click HERE.