All new grant applications will go by the regulations here.
If renewing for the upcoming academic year, you *should* get a renewal form in the post from your local CC/VEC.
I'm fairly confused by this.. is the form available online or not? All I can find are all the regulations.
As far as I can see, it's not available yet but should be in the next few days. Any new applicants will have to register through this new SUSI system once it's up (and you're advised to keep an eye on the Student Finance website for that), anyone who is merely renewing will get a form from their CC/VEC and return it to them as usual.
Does anyone know what conditions must be met to be awarded a grant?
See Citizensinformation.ie for more information
Details of conditions can be found here
A new ONLINE ONLY grant applications system is being introduced for 2012. All new applications will be made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through www.studentfinance.ie.
When can I make my grant application?
The Online application system for Student Grants for 2012-2013 academic year will be available from the evening of Monday 11th June 2012.
Please apply for your grant early; you do not need to know the exact course you will be attending in order to make an application.
How do I make my grant application?
As soon as the online application system opens for the 2012-13 academic year, you will be able to register online with SUSI and then complete the online application form. The online application facility will be available through www.studentfinance.ie. Remember, it will NOT be necessary to have received an offer of a college place or to be enrolled in college in order to apply online.
How will I submit my supporting documentation?
Following initial assessment of your application, if eligible, you will receive by post a provisional grant approval and a personalised list of the supporting documents you will need to return to complete your application. Completed documentary evidence packs (photocopies of the documents, not originals) should be returned as soon as possible in the envelope provided to you.
When you return all the necessary supporting documents SUSI will process your application to award stage, subject to confirmation of your acceptance on an approved course.
When will I receive a final decision from SUSI?
When you confirm acceptance of a place on an approved course (usually late August/early September), your grant is awarded and payment will be made on a monthly basis (subject to confirmation of attendance) directly into your designated Irish bank account.
Where can I contact SUSI?
As part of SUSI’s support to students, there is a SUSI Support desk available in the lead up to and following the launch of the online application system for both email and telephone queries. You can email the SUSI Support Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or telephone us at 0761 08 7874
The Support Desk is available Office Hours Monday-Friday until the Launch of the Online Application System in May. From the launch date, the SUSI Support Desk will be available from 9.00am-10.00pm (Monday-Friday) and 9.00am-6.00pm (Saturdays)
What if I’m already in receipt of a grant?
Students who are currently in receipt of a student grant and who are progressing to the next year of the same course will continue to be assessed and paid by the existing awarding authorities - i.e. the relevant local authority or Vocational Educational Committee. If you are changing your course or progressing to a new course you will need to apply to SUSI.
Just wondering, is it still being decided by local county councils or is it one big department deciding?
I'm confused by this, I previously received a grant for a different course, I'm not going into second year of a new course so I'm eligible for the grant again. As I'm not technically a new student/have received the grant in the past where do I apply, the VEC or through the new system?
@ pigwidgeon - this paragraph above suggests to me you go through SUSI
Any update on this? The site is still saying:
The site is going really slow this evening so I'd say the traffic is enormous.
Anyone managed to register yet?
A lot of important explanatory documents at
I was trying to help my step daughter complete an online application last night. The form asks for country of birth and nationality.
She was born in the Czech Republic, but the form lists Czechoslovakian as a nationality, and not Czech or Slovakian. Czechoslovakian nationality ceased to exist in 1993.