In order to receive funding from SUSI, you must have been resident in the Irish State or the EU/EEA/Swiss Federation for three of the last five years. The documentary evidence supplied, if requested by SUSI, must span a full 3 year (36 month) period.
If a student has been living in EU/EEA/Swiss Federation but not in the Irish State for three of the last five years, they are deemed a tuition student. A tuition student, if deemed eligible, will only receive the fee portion of the Student Grant and will not receive any maintenance payments. Please note that there are no exemptions to this rule. It applies to all applicants including, for example, volunteer development workers returning from abroad to undertake studies.