The national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants is SUSI. It offers funding to eligible students in approved full-time third-level education in Ireland and, in some cases, funding for students studying outside of Ireland. This is available for all students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education.

  • Grants are awarded to those applying to full-time courses in registered, public colleges and most TU Dublin courses are eligible. 
  • Although postgraduate students are not eligible for a maintenance allowance, they may qualify for a grant for their tuition fees. Grants are only awarded to those who have legally lived in Ireland for 3 of the last 5 years. 
  • Did you know that even if you weren't eligible for a grant in your first year, a change in you or your family's circumstances could mean you can apply this year?
  • If you have already applied for a SUSI grant, you can complete your programme registration without paying fees by adding your SUSI reference number when requested.

Have a look at the Eligibility Reckoner to calculate if you are eligible and check out SUSI Information for lots more useful details.

The SUSI Helpdesk can be reached at or call 0761 08 7874.