Previous Education and Progression – PLC

Previous Education

SUSI may need to know your academic history to determine if you are eligible for a grant.


Further EducationLevelProgression 
Further EducationPLC level 5Certificate- Maximum 3 years funding total at PLC level
Further EducationPLC level 6Advanced Certificate

You must be increasing your NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) level to be considered eligible for a grant.

You must be attending an approved course –

  • that leads to a higher level of qualification than any you may already hold,
  • that is at a higher level than any course you may have previously attended,
  • in which you are progressing from one year to the next and not repeating a year (save in exceptional circumstances)

However, you may be considered eligible for funding as a “second chance” student where you –

  • have previously attended but not completed a course,
  • have had a 5-year break in studies since leaving that course, and
  • are returning to attend an approved course.

Repeat Period of Study

If you are a student who is repeating a year on the same course, or entering  the same year (e.g. Year 1), as previously attended, on a new course, then you are not eligible for a grant,


if you previously undertook a further education course but left prior to finishing, you may be eligible for a portion of a student grant once you have completed an equivalent period of study.