Students urged to apply for SUSI grants before Thursday deadline

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Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has urged students who have not already done so to apply to the Student Grant Scheme before the deadline for applications this week.

Those who are eligible will receive an additional payment before Christmas and increases in all maintenance grants will come into effect in January.

Applications for student grants will close this Thursday, 3 November. To apply after the closing date, students must contact SUSI to make a late application request.

Speaking yesterday, Minister Harris said there is still time to apply to SUSI for your student grant.

He said students and their families are feeling the cost of living challenges, and that it is important they know there is help there.

“The Student Maintenance Grant will have an additional payment in December for all maintenance grant holders and the maintenance grant itself will be increased effective from January by at least 10%,” he said.

“I would encourage anyone to make the application and find out if you can avail of these important supports.”

To apply, register with SUSI and submit an application online. Students will need their Personal Public Service (PPS) number, an email address and a phone number.

An additional SUSI maintenance grant payment will be paid on 16 December 2022. This includes PLC, undergraduate and postgraduate students getting the Special Rate of Grant.

The student contribution is reduced by €1,000 for undergraduate students who are eligible for free fees.

Students on the 50% student contribution rate see a benefit of €500 by their contribution reducing from €1,500 to €1,000.

Those who paid the contribution and are due a refund must provide the college with their bank details by 30 November 2022.

Eligible postgraduate students who qualify for the postgraduate fee contribution grant will get a once-off increase of €1,000 (from €3,500 to €4,500).