Do you have a question about Covid-19 and student grant funding? Check out our Covid-19 FAQ.

The Covid-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and in these unprecedented times, SUSI’s priority is to provide continued service to you and to secure the health, wellbeing and safety of our people.

If you have a question about Covid-19 and student grant funding, check out our FAQs below or contact our Support Desk.

Q: 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 will not affect student grants in academic year 19/20. The Covid-19 Payment is an emergency payment that was initially introduced for 6 weeks and has now been extended to 12 weeks

Students will continue to receive their maintenance grants as normal and the duration or value of the grant will not change.

Student grant applications for academic year 20/21 will be assessed based on income earned in 2019.

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. Click here for more information.

 

Q: I am a student nurse/doctor and will be 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 continue to receive their maintenance grants as normal for academic year 19/20. The duration or value of the grant will not change.

Student grant applications for academic year 20/21 will be assessed based on income earned in 2019.

 

Q: A party to my SUSI application has lost their job. Can I apply for a change in circumstance for academic year 19/20?

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. . If you advise of an income related change in circumstance, the income of all parties to the application including the person(s) experiencing the change will be assessed/reassessed. You can read more about change in circumstances here.

 

Q: I was on ERASMUS but returned home early due to Covid-19. Will my grant rate now be revised to the adjacent rate?

A: Students will continue to receive their maintenance grants as normal for academic year 19/20. The duration or value of the grant will not change.

 

Q: I was due to receive funding towards a field trip in academic year 19/20 but it has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. I’ve paid for some expenses. Will I receive funding?

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.

 

Q: If my course is extended in academic year 19/20 due to Covid-19, will my SUSI payments be extended to cover the additional period?

A: Student grant payments for academic year 19/20 continue as normal. The duration and value of the grant will not change.

 

Q: I am in receipt of a Working Family Payment, Carers Payment or a One Parent Family payment and have lost my job which I needed to support me through college. Can I apply for the Covid-19 Payment and keep my other payment and still receive my SUSI grant?

If you were working and were also in receipt of any social welfare payment such as a Carer’s Payment, Working Family Payment (WFP) or One-Parent Family Payment (or if your parent was in receipt of such a payment) you can, provided you have lost your job due to COVID-19, also claim the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment payment. You will still retain your existing welfare payment. The COVID-19 Unemployment Payment will replace your employment income. The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will not affect student grants in academic year 19/20.

 

Q: 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.

 

Q: Student grants are assessed on the previous year’s income. Will any exceptions be made for 20/21 in relation to eligibility criteria?

 A: Students will continue to receive their maintenance grants as normal for academic year 19/20. The duration or value of the grant will not change.

Student grant applications for academic year 20/21 will be 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. Click here for more information.

 

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