Covid-19 FAQ – Update Oct 2020
The Covid-19 outbreak is an evolving situation and at this time, SUSI’s priority is to provide continued service to you and secure the health, wellbeing and safety of our team.
If you have a question about Covid-19 and student grant funding, check out our FAQ or contact our Support Desk.
Q1: A party to my SUSI application has lost their job and wants to apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Will this affect my grant?
A: The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a social welfare payment introduced in 2020 for employees and self-employed people who have lost all their employment due to the Covid-19 public health emergency.
Student grant applications for academic year 20/21 are assessed based on income earned in 2019. However if a student or party to their application experiences a change in circumstances that is not a temporary change and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, they can apply to have their application assessed under the change in circumstances provision whereby the income reference period for the application will be 2020. In such cases, the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is counted as reckonable income for assessment purposes.
Q2: I am a student nurse/doctor supporting the HSE during the Covid-19 outbreak. If I receive payment for this work, will it affect my current / future grant?
A: Students will receive their maintenance grants as normal for academic year 20/21. The duration or value of the grant will not change.
SUSI administers student funding in line the annual Student Grant Scheme. Matters related to future academic years will be announced in line with the relevant Student Grant Scheme for that year.
Q3: A party to my SUSI application has lost their job. Can I apply for a change in circumstance for academic year 20/21?
A: If you or a family member have experienced a change in circumstances relating to income that is not temporary in nature and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, you may apply for your application to be assessed/reassessed under a change in circumstances whereby the income reference period for the application will be 2020. If you advise SUSI of an income related change in circumstance, all household income and not just the income of the person experiencing the change, will be assessed/reassessed. You can read more about change in circumstances here.
Q4: Will I receive field trip funding if a planned trip is cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and I’ve already incurred some expenses?
A: The student grant only covers the refund of field trip expenses that are incurred by attendance on the Field Trip.
It is a matter for the student’s travel insurance and/or the institution’s insurance cover to refund the student where field trips have been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Students should liaise directly with their travel insurance company or institution in this regard.
Q5: If my course is extended in academic year 20/21 due to Covid-19, will my SUSI payments be extended to cover the additional period?
A: Student grant payments for academic year 20/21 will continue as normal. The duration and value of the grant will not change. You can see the Payments Schedule here.
Q6: If I cannot complete this year because my home situation is making study difficult, will I lose my grant?
A: We encourage students to talk to their Access Officer or PLC Coordinator if they are struggling to cope with studying at home, prior to making any decisions regarding the cessation of their studies.
If a student leaves their course, normal rules apply and the student will not continue to receive a student grant payment. Students must inform SUSI that they are no longer attending their course.
Q7: SUSI grants are provided based on the previous year’s income. Will any exceptions be made for 20/21 in relation to eligibility criteria?
A: Student grant applications for academic year 20/21 are assessed based on income earned in 2019. If a student or party to their application experiences a permanent change in circumstances relating to reckonable income or other criteria, they can apply to have their application assessed under the change in circumstances provision whereby the income reference period for the application will be 2020. Click here for more information on change in circumstances.