The 2013/2014 Student Grants Application system for New and Renewal applications is now available. You must apply using the SUSI system.

The closing date for grant RENEWAL applicants is Friday, 14th June 2013 and the closing date for the required documents needed is Tuesday the 25th June 2013.

NEW applicants the closing date for applying is Thursday the 1st August 2013.

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Maintenance grants are available to help students with their costs of living during full time study; the local authorities in Ireland provide maintenance grants to students who are entering undergraduate or postgraduate education for the first time. Only EU nationals who have resided in the relevant local authority since the 1st of October of the year previous to starting the course may apply. Candidates for the maintenance grant must also undergo a means test, as your income must be below a certain level before the grant is awarded.

You are eligible to apply under this scheme if you:

  • are starting an approved course for the first time
  • are a mature student, who entering in order to complete (or pursue, in the case of postgraduate) an approved course at undergraduate or postgraduate level for the first time
  • have attended, but not completed, an approved course and are returning following a break of at least 5 years in order to pursue an approved course at the same level
  • have entered an approved course in Ireland prior to the academic year and are now entering an approved course outside of Ireland, for the first time.

To be eligible for a grant under this scheme, you must also fulfil the following conditions relating to residence,age,academic attainments, means and nationality


Your parents or guardians or, you yourself if you are an independent mature candidate, must have been ordinarily resident in the administrative area of the local authority from 1st October prior to applying for the grant. The local authoriy has discretion to waive this requirement in exceptional circumstances.


You must be at least 17 years of age on 1st January of the year following your application.

If you are studying abroad for the year (e.g. an Erasmus year) you will be entitled to the non-adjacent fee.

Each of these income limits can be increased by a further €4,685 for each dependent child or parent who is also attending full-time third level course. The Registration/Non-Tuition fee will be €2,000 for the first child and €1,500 for each additional child, and will be known as the ‘Student Contribution Fee'.

No. of dependent children (>23)Full Grant, Full Registration Fee Paid75% Grant, Full Registration Fee Paid50% Grant, Full Registration Fee Paid25% Grant, Full Registration Fee PaidExempt from SSC
Less than 4€41,110€42,235€44,720€47,205€51,380
4 to 7€45,165€46,415€49,145€51,880€56,460
8 or more€49,045€50,400€53,360€56,320€61,295

Adjacent Grants are for when you reside within 45km of the college. Non-adjacent rates are for when you reside more than 45km from the college.

Since 2011, mature students who get student grants no longer automatically qualify for the higher (non-adjacent) rate of grant.

If you are getting an unemployment, one-parent family or disability payment the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows you to study at second and third level without losing your benefits. You must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the BTEA. If you are studying part-time you may be able to keep your benefits under the Back to Education Programme.

Since 2010, people who are getting Back to Education Allowance and those on Post-Leaving Certificate courses who are getting VTOS allowances are not eligible for student support grants. However, this does not affect any entitlement they may have to exemption from college fees or the Student Contribution so they should still complete a grant application.

The ‘top-up' Grant is available to persons whose own income or family income is €22,703 or less and is partly or fully composed of Welfare or similar payments (e.g. FÁS).

Maintenance Grant Payment RateNon-Adjacent Students (more than 45km)Adjacent Students (less than 45km)
‘Top-Up Grant' (incomes of €22,703 or less)€5,915€2,375

Further Allowances

When two or more children (or candidate's parent) are attending an approved course in third-level or further education, the income limits are increased by increments as follows:

  • €4,980 for two children
  • €9,960 for three children, continuing by increments of €4,980

This is only a rough guide to the Grant and is not intended, and should not be seen as, a legal or official document outlining Grant rates and income limits for 2012/2013. For the most up to date information, log on to your local authority's website or check out

If you think you are eligible for the student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible. The application process for 2012-13 is now open. You do not have to wait until you receive an offer of a place or enroll in college. Only when your application has been completed in full and submitted to the grant-awarding authority can your eligibility be determined.

To apply for a Grant you must contact your Local Authority/Council.
Click the link below to find yours.

View Local Authority/Council List


Further information is available throughout this site on Higher Education Grants, Grants for Trainees,

VEC Scholarships, Back to Education Allowance, Top-up Grants, Tax Relief on Fees and Grant Faqs

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