Maintenance grant-money to help you live while at college maintenance grant-money to help you live while at college


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MAINTENANCE GRANT-money to help you live while at college.



This is a contribution towards the cost of living while at college. costs of a student.

  • This is a contribution towards the cost of living while at college. costs of a student.

  • The student will receive either 100%, 75%, 50%, 25% of the grant. Higher income families may just get their student services charge paid, or 50% of the student services charge paid.

  • There are no college fees for EU nationals.



The maintenance grant is paid at either the adjacent (living at home) rate or

  • The maintenance grant is paid at either the adjacent (living at home) rate or

  • Non-adjacent (living more than 45km away from home) rate.

  • So if you are living away from home you get more money.



If you are pursuing an approved undergraduate course in the state, and your fees are not being met under the Free Fees Scheme, you may be eligible for the tuition fee element of the grant.

  • If you are pursuing an approved undergraduate course in the state, and your fees are not being met under the Free Fees Scheme, you may be eligible for the tuition fee element of the grant.

  • Amount payable is dependent on income.



While all students are entitled to have their fees paid under the Free Fees Scheme students are still entitled to pay a student contribution charge.

  • While all students are entitled to have their fees paid under the Free Fees Scheme students are still entitled to pay a student contribution charge.

  • The student contribution charge is € 3 000

  • If you are entitled to any portion of the maintenance grant, this is paid.

  • You do not have to pay this if you are doing a PLC course



All students who want to do a course at an approved educational institute. Course must be at least one year. These courses include:

  • All students who want to do a course at an approved educational institute. Course must be at least one year. These courses include:

    • Post Leaving Certificate Courses(Level 5)
    • Higher Certificate Courses(Level 6)
    • Ordinary Degrees(Level 7)
    • Honours Degrees(Level 8)


An A Post Leaving Certificate College (Crumlin /Ballyfermot / Inchicore etc)

  • An A Post Leaving Certificate College (Crumlin /Ballyfermot / Inchicore etc)

    • An Institute of Technology (DIT /ITT)
    • A University (UCD/ NUIM/ DCU / Trinity )
    • A college of Education (St. Patricks, Drumcondra, Marino)
    • An approved Educational Institute in the EU where the course is of at least 2 years duration.
    • An approved Educational Institute in Northern Ireland where they can undertake a Post-Graduate qualification.


You must be:

  • You must be:

    • Irish
    • An EU National
    • Have official Refugee Status
    • Have been granted humanitarian leave to remain in Ireland
    • Be married to an Irish national or the child of an Irish national.
    • Stamp 4 is not sufficient – it must bear 4EUFam


Log onto www.susi.ie . Beginning/mid May.

  • Log onto www.susi.ie . Beginning/mid May.

  • You have to answer list of questions relating to your family and income.

  • Your answers are then forwarded to SUSI. They will get back to let you know if you have been eligible.

  • You will be asked to forward documents relating to income.

  • The sooner you send in documents the sooner your grant will be processed.



When you send in these documents they will be assessed.

  • When you send in these documents they will be assessed.

  • Susi will then issue you with a final decision.

  • You will be paid your grant in 9 monthly instalments into a designated bank account.



All information relating to grant such as:

  • All information relating to grant such as:

    • Age
    • Nationality
    • Income levels
    • Registration fee
    • Documents needed
    • Is included on a handout in your packs or log onto
    • www.studentfinance.ie








Eligible students attending approved courses in approved institutions outside the Republic, at undergraduate level only, receive a maintenance grant from Susi.

  • Eligible students attending approved courses in approved institutions outside the Republic, at undergraduate level only, receive a maintenance grant from Susi.

  • There is no funding available towards fees and it should be noted that there is no funding available at further education or postgraduate education (except for some courses in 4 institutions in Northern Ireland) for students studying outside the state.



Students who are studying on an approved course in the Irish state or selected postgraduate courses in Northern Ireland are only eligible to receive a postgraduate fee contribution.

  • Students who are studying on an approved course in the Irish state or selected postgraduate courses in Northern Ireland are only eligible to receive a postgraduate fee contribution.

  • They are not eligible to receive any maintenance payments.



Students are allowed to earn up to €3, 809 which is not assessed for grant purposes.

  • Students are allowed to earn up to €3, 809 which is not assessed for grant purposes.

  • Normally if you earn more than this and are resident with your parents from October 1 of the year before entry to your course, your income is assessed with your parents’ income.



Certain payments are disregarded when calculating reckonable income. These include:

  • Certain payments are disregarded when calculating reckonable income. These include:

  • Child benefit.

  • Family income supplement.

  • Disability allowance (paid to applicant)

  • Blind pension (when paid to applicant)

  • One parent family payments (means tested) where paid to the applicant.



Guardian’s payment.

  • Guardian’s payment.

  • Foster care allowance.

  • Domiciliary allowance.

  • Carer’s allowance.

  • Students assistant fund.

  • Student grant.



  • For the academic year 2017/2018 the reference period is from 1 January to 31 January 2016.



  • With regard to divorced or separated parents, the income of the applicant and that of the parent with whom he/she lives will be taken into account. If parents are separated but remain living in the same house as the applicant, both incomes will be taken into account.




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