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: Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment counted as income for grant assessment purposes?
A: Student grant applications for academic year 2021/22 are assessed based on income earned in 2020. The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment received in 2020 is considered reckonable income under the Student Grant Scheme 2021. However if an applicant or a party to an application discontinue the payment or receive a rate reduction in the payment in 2021, the applicant can request to have their application assessed / re-assessed under change in circumstances whereby the total estimated reckonable household income for 2021 based on annualised current earnings will be counted instead of the actual household income for 2020. Applicants should only request this if they have not already been awarded the maximum funding available and if they believe that the estimated reckonable household income for 2021 based on annualised current earnings is less than the actual household income for 2020.
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: As set out in the Student Grant Scheme 2021, income from the Student Nursing and Midwifery Pandemic Placement Grant will be disregarded when calculating reckonable income. A full list of the income disregards can be found at https://susi.ie/income/
Holiday earnings up to €4,500 can also be deducted from an applicant’s income. Holiday Earnings means income earned outside of term time in 2020. You may need to submit evidence of this income, such as payslips or a Holiday Earnings form signed by your employer.
Q3 A party to my SUSI application has lost their job. Can I apply for a change in circumstance for academic year 21/22?
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 2021. 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: 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.
Q5: SUSI grants are provided based on the previous year’s income. Will any exceptions be made for 21/22 in relation to eligibility criteria? Q6 I received calculated grades for my Leaving Cert in 2020 and began the first year of my course in autumn 2020. I went on to sit the Leaving Cert exams in November 2020 and have received a higher CAO offer for 21/22. Can I apply for funding?
A: Student grant applications for academic year 21/22 are assessed based on income earned in 2020. 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 2021. Click here for more information on change in circumstances.
Q6 I received calculated grades for my Leaving Cert in 2020 and began the first year of my course in autumn 2020. I went on to sit the Leaving Cert exams in November 2020 and have received a higher CAO offer for 21/22. Can I apply for funding?
· commenced the first year of a course in academic year 2020/21 and
· sat the Leaving Cert exams in November 2020 and
· subsequently received a higher CAO offer for the 2021/22 academic year,
you should apply for funding under exceptional circumstances in Section C of the application form.