The maintenance grant is a means tested payment, available for each year of the course, to people attending approved Post Leaving Certificate and Third Level education courses. Two elements of the grant are – cover of the student contribution charge for Third Level colleges up to €3,000 and a maintenance payment, designed to cover any additional costs e.g. accommodation, books, travel, childcare etc. A variety of eligibility requirements include; family income in the tax year previous to starting the course, residency status and first time entry to the particular education level. Recipients of the Back to Education Allowance may only be eligible for the Third Level student contribution assistance from this grant.
All new applicants must apply online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The online facility normally opens for applications in early April. You do not need a course offer to make an application.
As part of SUSI’s support to students, there is a support desk available from 9.00am-5.30pm (Monday-Friday).
You can email the SUSI Support Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0761 08 7874.