Students Studying Outside the State

green_iconMaintenance grant only

The Maintenance Grant is the only funding available to eligible Undergraduate Students pursuing approved courses outside the Irish State. The fee grant is not available to students studying outside the State. For those studying outside the State please also note that the maintenance grant funding is available for undergraduate study only. The only exception to this is for students attending postgraduate courses in four approved institutions in Northern Ireland.  You can read more about the four approved institutions for postgraduate study here.

To be eligible for a grant you must qualify under the following criteria:

Nationality and Residency:

  • You must be an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss National or have specific leave to remain in the State. More info
  • You must be ordinarily resident in Ireland, the EU, EEA or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years. If you were resident outside the State, it could affect the type of funding you could receive. More info


  • You must be progressing in your education (increasing your NFQ level). More info
  • You must be attending an approved course in an approved institution. More info


  • Who is included in the calculation of your income for grant purposes depends on which class of applicant you are, dependent or independent.  Please note that applicants who apply under the incorrect class will have their applications cancelled and will need to apply again.
  • Your reckonable income (income calculated for grant purposes) must fall under the specified thresholds. This income will be a factor in determining what type of funding you could receive. More info

Maximum periods of grant assistance:

  • Funding is only available to students at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level for a certain amount of years and depends on their previous education. More info

Brexit update

SUSI will be accepting applications in the usual way from Irish students intending to study approved courses in the UK, and from EU/ British citizens intending to study in Ireland, as they can continue to avail of student grants if eligible.

Brexit will not affect the grants available to eligible students who start their course in the 19/20 academic year.   Students from Britain and Northern Ireland studying in colleges in the Republic of Ireland will continue to pay the same fees as Irish students.

The grant arrangements for students who commence their studies in the 19/20 academic year will continue for the duration of their course. 

The position will be reviewed for those students who are commencing their studies in the 20/21 academic year.

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