Thursday, November 4, 2021

Know your rights: Applying for a student grant

Know your rights: Applying for a student grant


I just started college. Can I still apply for a student grant?


You can apply for a student grant if you are taking an approved course and meet the income and residency criteria.

These include:

§  Your family’s means must be under the specified threshold for the previous tax year (2020). If you or your family have had a change of circumstances during the current tax year, your changed circumstances may be taken into account.

§  You must have been ordinarily resident in Ireland for three of the last five years.

§  You must be an Irish, UK, EU, EEA or Swiss national. You may also be considered for a grant if you have refugee status, subsidiary protection or leave to remain in Ireland.


Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) awards student grants.

You can use SUSI’s eligibility reckoner to see whether you meet the criteria for student grant funding.

To apply for a student grant, you complete an application form online.

Applications to SUSI close at midnight on 4 November 2021.

If you are refused a grant or are approved a grant at a rate that you don’t think applies to your situation, you can appeal in writing to SUSI within 30 days of getting your decision.

If you are living in direct provision or are in the international protection system, you can apply for support under the Student Support Scheme for Asylum Seekers

You can read more about the Student Grant Scheme on

You can also get information and advice from:


·        The Citizens Information Phone Service: Call 0818 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm

·        Our national call back service: Visit to request a phone call from an information officer


You can continue to contact your local centre by email or phone using the details in the Find a Centre page on



Know Your Rights has been compiled by South Connacht Citizens Information Service CLG, which provides a free and confidential service to the public.

Tel: 0818 07 6330 Address: Boyle CIC, Elphin Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

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