Student Grants

Where can I find information about student grants?

The dedicated website provides comprehensive information on student grants and other financial supports such as the Student Assistance Fund and the Fund for Students with Disabilities.

What are the general terms and conditions for funding under the Student Grant Scheme?

The main terms and conditions of funding relate to reckonable income (means), residency, nationality and previous academic attainment. You must also be attending a full-time course in an approved institution. For more detailed information on eligibility criteria, see

You can also view and/or download Student Grant Scheme 2020 (also available from

What types of courses are approved for a student grant? What courses are not approved?

To be eligible to apply for financial assistance under the Student Grant Scheme, you must be attending a full-time course in an approved institution, such as:

  • PLC course (minimum 1 year duration) within the State.
  • Undergraduate course (minimum 2 years duration) in the State or an EU member state.
  • Postgraduate course (minimum 1 year duration) in the State or Northern Ireland.

Examples of courses which are not approved for grant purposes are as follows:

  • Distance learning or online courses.
  • Part-time or evening courses.
  • Foundation courses.
  • Courses of a shorter duration than the minimum durations outlined above.

However, you may be entitled to tax relief on tuition fees (further information is available from the Revenue Commissioners or your local tax office).

How can I apply for a student grant?

A new online-only grant application system has been introduced for all new grant applications from the 2012/13 academic year onwards.

If you are commencing a new course, changing your course or progressing to a further (new) course of study in the 2020/2021 academic year, you should apply online now to the new single grant awarding authority SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) via

You do not have to wait until you have confirmed your final choice of college or course to apply for a grant.

The priority closing dates for the 2020/21 academic year are the 11th June 2020 for renewal applicants and the 09th July 2020 for new applicants.

If you are currently in receipt of a grant from an awarding authority other than SUSI and are continuing on the same course, you remain with your existing awarding authority. You should contact your awarding authority regarding the renewal of your grant.

When can I make my grant application?

The Student Grant Scheme 2020 and the SUSI online grant application system is now available.

You do not have to wait to be accepted onto a course to apply for a student grant - you should apply as early as possible to ensure that there is no delay in payment if you are deemed eligible for grant assistance.

How can I contact SUSI?

Contact details for the SUSI Support Desk are as follows:

Phone: 0761 087 874. (Calls charged at national call rate).

The SUSI Support Desk is currently available from 9.00am-5.30pm Monday-Friday.

Full details of the new arrangements in relation to grant assistance for postgraduate study will be contained in the Student Grant Scheme 2020.

Where can I find information on Scholarships and Bursaries administered by the Department?

For information on the Department's Third Level Bursary Scheme, the Ernest Walton STEM Bursary, the All Ireland Scholarship Scheme and Postgraduate Scholarships to the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, please see our Scholarships page.

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