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# Student Grants

This year
Reduction in college fees and increase in students grants under consideration for Budget
Minister Simon Harris says it is important that all of the levers available to reduce costs for students.
Last year
Students on maintenance grant to get extra payment today
The move was agreed as a cost of living measure in Budget 2023.
Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system
The minister is bringing proposals to the Cabinet today.
Student maintenance grants to increase by €200 as income threshold for help rises by €1k
The grant system is open for renewals today.
All time
Review of student grants to examine support for people who move out of home for college
Grants for part time students and how Ireland compares internationally will also be examined.
Student grants: Barring orders will no longer be accepted as proof that parents are separated
Barring orders were included on a list of acceptable documentation students could use to prove their parents were separated.
20,000 students are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed
…but most of them haven’t submitted all the necessary documentation.
If you get this email about student grants, don't click the link... It's a scam
The students grants body says a number of people have received the email.
Taxpayers could end up footing €4.1m bill for student grant overpayment
The Department of Education has apologised for the error.
Howlin wants to know what you think about public bodies sharing data
A public consultation process has been announced ahead of the publication of the Data-Sharing and Governance Bill.
SUSI: Decisions have been made on all completed student grant applications
In its latest progress report, the awarding body has confirmed it’s reached the finalisation stage for grants two months faster than the last academic year.
Over 90 per cent of students awarded grants have been paid say SUSI
A total of 43,000 students have a grant decision at this point compared to 6,000 students at this time last year.
Student grant protests planned across the country today
The protests come as the USI attempt to mobilise a voting block of 50,000 students in a database by the local and European elections next year.
Some 3,000 students have had their grant refused or cancelled
In its latest update, SUSI says it is more than two months ahead of where it was this time last year in processing grant applications.
SUSI 'working closely' with the Ombudsman on student grant complaints
A total of 55 cases of complaints against the grant system were accepted by the Ombudsman with 34 of them still open.
Almost 8,000 applicants turned down for grant by SUSI
Around 61,500 applications have been assessed by SUSI – and of these, around 40,000 students will end up getting a grant.
Student grant applications 'being assessed on schedule'
Some 82,000 applications were received by the deadline earlier this month but SUSI are still accepting them.
59,000 new grant applications received by SUSI ahead of deadline
SUSI said today that they are still accepting applications and that delays in processing seen last year are not expected to be repeated.
Heads up, students: SUSI extends deadline for grant applications until Monday
The grant system website was hit with technical issues last night as the deadline drew near.
SUSI: More staff, less bureaucracy, prioritised payments
The head of operations at SUSI said that the students grants scheme has undergone a number of improvements.
Heatwave, hepatitis and holiday: The week in numbers
Plus: how many 1 cent and 2 cent coins were minted in Ireland in the last eight years (and may soon be obsolete)?
Students can complain to the Ombudsman over grant problems
Some 400 application appeals are still outstanding, but the body handling grant applications says that it is ‘confident’ that mistakes won’t be repeated.
118 students still awaiting decision for last year's college grant
SUSI authorities say dozens of students haven’t been ruled on from last year – leaving them in limbo for their college future.
New FG junior minister says Quinn grants plan has been 'dealt with'
Tom Hayes’ statement would appear to place him at odds with the education minister.
‘I won’t take my eye off the ball’: Quinn promises better SUSI system
‘Did we get it wrong? Yes’: The education minister admits the reform of the student grants system was botched.
Over 2,200 students still without grants as college year draws to a close
While 328 grants have still to be processed by SUSI, an additional 1,938 students remain in limbo as the result of ongoing disputes over documentation.
Roscommon native elected as new USI President
The USI said Joe O’Connor has firsthand experience with the college grant system which will help him represent struggling students.
Coalition sees disagreements over student grants
While Labour TDs believe the change makes “perfect sense”, there is opposition from some Fine Gael TDs.
PICS: Students' unions hand out food bags as grant crisis continues
The union at Galway-Mayo IT is handing out bags of food to hard-up students as SUSI continues catching up on grant payments.
Minister gives extra €3 million to fund to assist students
The money is to be used by third level students facing financial hardship, and comes as some students are still waiting for grants.
Calls for independent student grant appeals system
Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming said that the office of the Ombudsman currently does not cover the student grant processing.
SUSI backlog means some student grants delayed until 2013 - Quinn
The Minister for Education says SUSI has taken on another 50 staff this week to clear the backlog of 21,000 applications.
USI President released following arrest in the Dáil
John Logue was arrested in the Dáil visitors’ gallery last night but was later released without charge.
Extra staff in place to tackle student grant backlog
CEO of SUSI, Jacinta Stewart said over 66,000 applications were received by the online system.
Committee to probe giant backlog in student grant applications
Around 48,000 students are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed. Ruairí Quinn has said the delay is “not satisfactory”.
More than 50,000 students still waiting for decision on third-level grant
New figures show that 65,000 students applied under the new student grant system – but decisions have been made on just 12,000 applications so far.
Kenny defends small savings from cuts to public allowances
The Taoiseach says the government remains committed to implementing the Croke Park deal despite missing targets on public allowances.
Council abandons household charge-student grant link 'on legal advice'
South Tipperary County Council says it decided not to link grant payments with the household charge after looking more closely.