SUSI Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE 

DATE: 11 July, 2017.

TIME: 11:30 hrs.

 

SUSI urges students to submit their student grant applications before the July 13th deadline

The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), is urging students who have yet to submit their applications for student grant funding for the 2017/18 academic year to do so now. The deadline for applications is this Thursday, July 13th.

SUSI is currently in its sixth year of operations and opened its 2017/18 online application system, for new and renewal student grants, on April 3rd and to-date SUSI has received 80,000 applications.

Graham Doyle, Head of Communications & Customer Service with SUSI, has the following message for students: “The processing of grant applications is once again running pretty smoothly. We are expecting to receive around 105,000 applications for the 2017/18 academic year. We have received 80,000 applications to-date and I would urge students to apply before the deadline of July 13th to ensure that their applications receive priority”.

The national awarding authority has already awarded grants to more than 41,000 students for 2017/18, including 10,500 new students. Mr. Doyle added: “Leaving Certificate students should not wait until they receive their Leaving Certificate results and CAO offers late in August before applying to SUSI. They should put down their first choice of course on their SUSI application forms and we will confirm their course details once results and course offers are made, through our link with the CAO. Importantly, students should make sure that they have ticked the SUSI option on their CAO forms to allow us to confirm this information. We have already awarded almost 10,500 such students, which is great news.

I would encourage students who are thinking of applying for a student grant to visit our website www.susi.ie where they can review information about the eligibility criteria for student grant funding. In particular, they should use our online ‘grant eligibility reckoner’ where they can quickly, and easily, self-assess whether they may/may not be entitled to a student grant.

Students are also encouraged to use their own SUSI ‘online application trackers’, where they can track the progress of their applications and confirm that documentation has been received without having to contact SUSI directly.”

 

PRESS RELEASE

 DATE: 03 April, 2017

TIME: 12:00hrs.

 

 SUSI online Student Grant Application System for the 2017/2018 academic year is now open

 The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), has announced that its online application system, for new and renewal student grants, for the 2017/18 academic year is now open.

SUSI is entering its sixth year of operations. Last year the national awarding body processed more than 105,000 applications with 83,000 students (new and renewal) receiving funding for the 2016/17 academic year.

Graham Doyle, Head of Communications and Customer Service with SUSI, has this message for students, “We have opened our online system today and I would encourage students to visit our website, www.susi.ie, and review the eligibility criteria for student grant funding prior to making their applications. We have an online grant eligibility reckoner that enables students to answer a short set of questions following which they will be given an indication as to their eligibility for student grant funding. We also have a number of self-help tools available on our website, including videos and detailed guidance notes for making an application.

Following the advanced processing of grant applications achieved by SUSI last year, we had awarded almost 20,000 leaving certificate students before they received their exam results and CAO offers, providing financial certainty much earlier than had ever been done previously. This is something that we hope to build on in the upcoming year and in order to assist with this I would encourage students to submit their applications as early as possible, through our website. The priority closing date for new applications is 13 July, 2017.

 

Students who are progressing to the next year of their course must renew their grants and we have written to 83,000 students in the lead up to opening to inform them of the process for renewing. The priority closing date for renewal applications is 15 June, 2017.

PRESS RELEASE 

DATE: 27 October, 2016.

TIME: 12:00 hrs. 

76,000 STUDENTS AWARDED GRANTS BY SUSI

 

The student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), has announced that it has awarded student grant funding to 76,000 students, to-date, for the 2016/17 academic year. Continuous improvements made by SUSI for the 2016/17 academic year has seen a significant increase from 62,000 awards at the same time last year.

 

SUSI paid 50,000 students in September this year and a total of 68,000 students have been paid to-date. The remaining students who have already been awarded grants and are still to be paid will receive their grants as soon as their colleges confirm that they are registered and attending and when the students submit their bank details through their online SUSI accounts. In addition to the published monthly payment dates, payments are being made by SUSI on a weekly basis until Christmas to ensure that as many students as possible are paid as soon as such confirmation is received.

 

The Finalising of Processing

SUSI has received almost 105,000 applications for 2016/17, to-date (18,500 of which were received after the priority processing deadlines). 90,000 of these applications have already been completed – 76,000 awarded and 14,000 refused/cancelled. This is further progress on 2015/16, which in itself was an extremely successful year for SUSI.

 

SUSI is currently awaiting documentation from 12,000 students and Graham Doyle, Head of Communications & Customer Service with SUSI, is urging these students to return their outstanding documentation: “The processing of applications for 2016/17 is going extremely well as can be seen from the statistics released today. I would however urge those students who have still to submit their requested documentation to do so as soon as possible so that the assessment of their applications can be completed. I would also remind those students who have yet to submit their bank details to do so to ensure that they can be paid”.

Closing Date

The closing date for the receipt of applications for the 2016/17 academic year is Thursday, 3rd November, 2016 and Mr. Doyle has the following advice for students: “Students who still wish to apply for student grant funding for 2016/17 need to apply quickly as the closing date for applications is Thursday, November 3rd. There are also some students who have begun the online application process but have yet to complete it and similarly they need to complete their applications before the closing date”.

PRESS RELEASE 

DATE: 27 June, 2016.

TIME: 14:30 hrs. 

SUSI urges students to submit their student grant applications

before the July 8th deadline 

The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), is urging students who have yet to submit their applications for student grant funding for the 2016/17 academic year to do so now. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 8th.

SUSI is currently in its fifth year of operations and opened its 2016/17 online application system, for new and renewal student grants, on April 5th. This was almost three weeks earlier than in 2015/16, and to-date SUSI has received 70,000 applications.

Graham Doyle, Head of Communications & Customer Service with SUSI, has the following message for students: “We are expecting to receive approximately 110,000 applications for the 2016/17 academic year. We have received 70,000 applications to-date and we would urge students to apply before the deadline of July 8th to ensure that their applications receive priority”.

The national awarding authority has already awarded grants to 37,000 students for 2016/17, including almost 8,000 new students, the first time that such applications have been awarded so early.   Mr. Doyle added: “We have changed our process this year and are awarding new applicants earlier than ever before. In previous years, Leaving Certificate students had to wait until they received their Leaving Certificate results and CAO offers late in August before we could award them. However, this year, based on learning from previous years, we are awarding students to the courses that they have identified in their applications to us, as soon as possible. We have already awarded almost 8,000 such students which is great news.

I would encourage students who are thinking of applying for a student grant to visit our website www.susi.ie where they can review information about the eligibility criteria for student grant funding. In particular, they should use our online ‘grant eligibility reckoner’ where they can quickly, and easily, self-assess whether they may/may not be entitled to a student grant.”

Students are also encouraged to use their own SUSI ‘online application trackers’, where they can track the progress of their applications and confirm that documentation has been received without having to contact SUSI directly.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

DATE: 14 April, 2016

TIME: 12:00hrs.

  SUSI online Student Grant Application System

for the 2016/2017 academic year is now open  

The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), has announced that its online application system, for new and renewal student grants, for the 2016/17 academic year is now open, more than two weeks earlier than last year.

SUSI is entering its fifth year of operations. The national awarding body performed extremely well last year, processing over 108,000 applications with in excess of 83,000 students (new and renewal) awarded grants for the 2015/16 academic year.

It is expected that the number of applications to SUSI for the upcoming academic year will surpass 110,000. In order to meet the challenges posed by such numbers and in building on its continuous learning, SUSI has introduced a number of further key improvements for 2016/17, including:

  • Earlier application opening date;
  • More automated validation of the online application form;
  • Earlier awarding of applications based on the course choices provided by students;
  • Extended data sharing with Government Departments and agencies; and
  • Use of Eircode to streamline the calculation of distance.

Graham Doyle, Head of Communications and Customer Service with SUSI, has this message for students, “I would encourage students to visit our website, www.susi.ie, and review the eligibility criteria for student grant funding prior to making their applications. We have an online grant eligibility reckoner that enables students to answer a short set of questions following which they will be given an indication as to their eligibility for student grant funding before making their applications. Applications are made through our website and I would encourage students to submit their applications as early as possible.

Students who are progressing to the next year of their course must renew their grants and we will be writing to students who received grant funding for the 2015/2016 academic year in the coming days.

We are very satisfied with how the processing of applications for 2015/16 went and we have made some more improvements to our systems and processes to further enhance the service that we provide to students for 2016/17. One such improvement is the introduction of Eircode to our online application form. When students begin inputting their address online, their full address and Eircode will auto-populate. This will help speed up the processing of applications. The actual calculation of distance from a student’s home to college, however, will not be changing from previous years and we will continue to calculate distance using google maps”.

The closing date for the prioritising of renewal applications is 6 June, 2016 and for new applications is 8 July, 2016.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

DATE: 16 February, 2016.

TIME: 12:00hrs.

82,000 STUDENTS AWARDED GRANTS BY SUSI

The student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), has announced that it has awarded student grant funding to 82,000 students, to-date, for the 2015/16 academic year. SUSI received 108,000 applications for 2015/16, 17,000 of which were received after the 1 August priority processing closing date.

Significant improvements enabled SUSI to pay awarded students their first maintenance grant payments in September 2015, the first time that maintenance grant payments have been made before October.

Return of documentation

SUSI is currently awaiting documentation from 2,500 students and Graham Doyle, Head of Communications & Customer Service with SUSI, is urging these students to return their outstanding documentation: “The processing of applications for 2015/16 is pretty much complete. We have 2,500 applications left to finalise. However, we are working on a current basis and are waiting for students to return their documentation to us so that their applications can be completed. Our experience from previous years indicates that the majority of these applicants will not complete their applications, however I would urge those students who do intend to complete the process to submit their requested documentation as soon as possible”.

Enhanced security on SUSI accounts

SUSI has added an additional layer of security to its Online Grant Application System today. Students are being asked to create a six digit PIN code for themselves and each time they wish to access the system, they will be required to enter a random 3 digits from their PIN code, as well as their username and password.

The system is quite intuitive and this method of Multi Factored Authentication will be familiar to many people who use services such as online banking. The SUSI PIN code must contain 6 numeric digits and should not be something which can be easily associated with a student, such as his/her date of birth or phone number

 PRESS RELEASE

DATE: 13 October, 2015.

TIME: 11:00hrs.

 

59,000 STUDENTS AWARDED GRANTS BY SUSI

The student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), has announced that it has awarded student grant funding to 59,000 students, to-date, for the 2015/16 academic year. Continuous improvements made by SUSI for the 2015/16 academic year has seen a 30% increase, from 44,000 awards at the same time last year.

SUSI paid students in September this year, the first time that maintenance grant payments have been made before October, and 47,500 students have been paid to-date. The remaining students who have already been awarded grants and are still to be paid will receive their grants as soon as their colleges confirm that they are registered and attending and when the students submit their bank details through their online SUSI accounts. In addition to the published monthly payment dates, payments are being made by SUSI on a weekly basis until Christmas to ensure that as many students as possible are paid as soon as such confirmation is received.

 

Processing continues

SUSI has received more than 106,000 applications for 2015/16, to-date (15,000 of which were received after the priority processing deadlines) and expects to award approximately 82,000 grants for this academic year. Over 72,000 (68%) of these applications have been completed – 59,000 awarded and 13,000 refused/cancelled. This is significant progress on 2014/15, which in itself was an extremely successful year for SUSI.

 

Return of documentation

SUSI is currently awaiting documentation from 11,500 students and Graham Doyle, Head of Communications & Customer Service with SUSI, is urging these students to return their outstanding documentation: “The processing of applications for 2015/16 is going extremely well as can be seen from the statistics released today. I would however urge those students who have still to submit their requested documentation to do so as soon as possible so that the assessment of their applications can be completed. I would also remind those students who have yet to submit their bank details to do so to ensure that they can be paid”.

 

Closing date

The closing date for receipt of applications for the 2015/16 academic year is Thursday, 5th November, 2015 and Mr. Doyle has the following advice for students: “Students who still wish to apply for student grant funding for 2015/16 need to do so quickly as the closing date for the receipt of applications is Thursday, November 5th. There are also some students who have begun the online application process but have yet to complete it and similarly they need to complete their applications before the closing date”.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

DATE: 13 August, 2015.

TIME: 17:30 hrs.

Fraudulent Emails

It has been brought to our attention that the following fraudulent email has been received by some people.

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This email is not an official SUSI email and the internet link contained within this email does not connect you to SUSI’s official On-line Student Grant Application System.

Please note that SUSI’s official On-line Student Grant Application System is accessible at www.grantsonline.ie and its authenticity can be verified by the presence of a ‘lock’ symbol in your web browser as highlighted below.

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PRESS RELEASE

DATE: 28 July, 2015.

TIME: 10:30 hrs.

 SUSI urges students to submit their student grant applications before the August 1st deadline

The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), is urging students who have yet to submit their applications for student grant funding for the 2015/2016 academic year to do so now. The deadline for applications is Saturday, August 1st.

SUSI is currently in its fourth year of operations and opened its 2015/2016 online application system, for new and renewal student grants, on April 23rd. This was two weeks earlier than in 2014/2015, and to-date SUSI has received 85,000 applications.

Graham Doyle, Head of Communications & Customer Service with SUSI, has the following message for students: “We are expecting to receive approximately 110,000 applications for the 2015/2016 academic year. We have received 85,000 applications to-date and we would urge students to apply before the deadline of August 1st to ensure that their applications receive priority”.

Mr. Doyle also has the following advice for students who have made applications: “After we receive online applications we write to students requesting supporting documentation. It is imperative that students get this requested documentation back to us within the specified timeframe otherwise there will be a delay in the processing of their applications.”

SUSI encourages students to visit its redesigned, and more user-friendly, website www.susi.ie to review information about the eligibility criteria for student grant funding, including its online ‘grant eligibility reckoner’ where students can quickly and easily self-assess whether they may be entitled to grant.

Students are also encouraged to use their own SUSI ‘online application tracker’, where they can track the progress of their application and confirm that SUSI has received their documentation without having to contact SUSI directly.

 

PRESS RELEASE

DATE: 27 April, 2015
TIME: 10:00hrs.

SUSI online Student Grant Application System for the 2015/2016 academic year is now open.The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), has announced that its online application system, for new and renewal student grants, for the 2015/2016 academic year is now open, more than two weeks earlier than last year.SUSI is entering its fourth year of operations. The national awarding body performed extremely well last year, processing over 103,000 applications with 74,000 students (new and renewal) receiving funding for the 2014/2015 academic year.

It is expected that the number of applications to SUSI for the upcoming academic year will surpass 110,000. In order to meet the challenges posed by such numbers and in building on its continuous learning, SUSI has introduced a number of further key improvements for 2015/2016:

  • Earlier application opening date;
  • Redesigned and more user-friendly website information at www.susi.ie, due to go live in the coming days;
  • More automated validation of the online application form;
  • A further streaming of the internal processing of applications;
  • Extended data sharing with Government Departments and agencies;Increased stakeholder engagement; and
  • Enhanced functionality of the online grant eligibility reckoner.

Graham Doyle, Head of Communications and Customer Service with SUSI, has this message for students, “I would encourage students to visit our website, www.susi.ie, and review the eligibility criteria for student grant funding prior to making their applications. We have an online grant eligibility reckoner that enables students to answer a short set of questions following which they will be given an indication as to their eligibility for student grant funding.
Applications are made through our website and I would encourage students to submit their applications as early as possible.

Students who are progressing to the next year of their course must renew their grants and we will be writing to students who received grant funding for the 2014/2015 academic year in the coming days.”.

The closing date for the prioritising of renewal applications is 12 June, 2015 and for new applications is 1 August, 2015.