Connect with us

News

Apply for SUSI grants to help with the cost of college

Published

on



The financial cost of going to college is a cause of worry for lots of students and parents. However, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), which is Ireland’s national awarding authority for further and higher education grants, provides financial assistance to thousands of students each year.

In 2020/2021 approximately 80,000 students received some level of financial support. Grants are allocated to students who meet certain eligibility criteria and may cover the partial or full cost of college fees and living expenses which is referred to as the maintenance part of the grant. The amount awarded to each individual depends on the financial circumstances of the household as well as the number of dependent family members. Applications are open to anyone applying to Post Leaving Cert (PLC), undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and in some cases students who are applying for college outside of Ireland.

Are you eligible?


Residency and Nationality: You must have been resident in Ireland or the EU (European Union), EEA (European Economic Area), UK or Swiss Federation for three out of the last five years. You must be a national of one of these countries. You may also be eligible for funding under Student Grant Legislation depending on your immigration status or leave to remain, under the Department of Justice and Equality.

Income: For the 2021/2022 academic year, your application will be assessed on gross income from all sources from January 1 to December 31, 2020. The persons whose income is taken into account depends on your applicant class which can be either ‘Dependent/Mature Dependent Student’ or ‘Independent Student’. There’s a list of allowances and financial supports that are not counted as reckonable income for the purposes of grant assessment and they can be checked on www.susi.ie/income.

Course type, duration and progression: You must be attending an approved course in a college of Further Education, an Institute of Technology or university. There are some private colleges on the CAO for example that offer courses which are not eligible for the SUSI grant. There is a maximum period of grant assistance available as follows; PLC (3 years), undergraduate (4 years) and postgraduate (4 years). You must be progressing to a higher level of qualification or from one year to the next and not repeating a year, except in exceptional circumstances. It has been announced recently by Minister Harris that 2020 Leaving Cert students who received a new CAO offer as a result of improved results in written exams taken in November and intend taking up that new place in 2021-2022 will not lose their grant eligibility.


You will find excellent video guides to help you through the application process on www.susi.ie where you can also input your details to the eligibility reckoner to check whether you are eligible or not. Students who are already in receipt of the SUSI grant in 2020/2021 can apply to renew their application for the next academic year now with the priority closing date on June 10. For new applicants the priority closing date is on July 8. Applications will remain open up to autumn but by getting your application in by the priority deadline you will receive payments early in the college term when all financial support is needed to get set up and settled for the new academic year. So the advice is apply early!



Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Career Consultant. For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

News

Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

Published

on

0203390_.JPG

By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

Continue Reading

News

Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

Published

on

0203238_Patrick_OSullivan_and_Colm_Cooper_2.jpg

By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

Continue Reading

News

Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

Published

on

An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

Continue Reading

Trending