Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

In autumn 2011 a single Student Grant Scheme replaced the 4 main support schemes for students. They were:

  • Higher Education Grants Scheme
  • Vocational Education Committees' Scholarship Scheme
  • Third Level Maintenance Grants Scheme for Trainees
  • Maintenance Grants Scheme for Students Attending Post-Leaving Certificate Courses


Fee grants

A fee grant can cover any of the following 3 elements:

  • All or part of the student contribution
  • Costs of essential field trips
  • All or part of a student's tuition fees (unless covered by the Free Fees Scheme)


Qualifying for a student grant

To qualify for a student grant, you must fulfil the conditions of the scheme as regards:

  • Nationality and immigration status
  • Residence
  • Means


How to apply

From 2012-2013 on, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), which has been nominated as the new single grant-awarding authority, is handling all new applications for student grants. All new grant applications will be made online. You do not need to know the exact course you will be attending in order to apply online. You can apply online for a student grant for the 2014-2015 academic year. You will need your Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number), and an email address and phone number to apply online. The closing date for applications is 1 August 2014. SUSI's helpdesk is handling email and telephone queries.


Where to apply

You apply to SUSI the new single grant-awarding authority. You can apply online for a student grant for the 2014-2015 academic year.

If you are applying to renew a grant for 2014-2015, apply to the authority that issued your grant last year. It will be one of the following:


Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Tel: 0761 08 7874



Updated 13.05.14

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