Change in Circumstances

For the 2017/2018 academic year, your application will be assessed on gross income from all sources for the period 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016.

However, if you or a family member have experienced a change in circumstances from 1st January 2017 you may apply for your application to be assessed/reassessed under a change in circumstances.

Change in Circumstances fall into the following two categories:

  • Household Income related change in circumstances
  • Non-Income related change in circumstances

Household Income related change in circumstances include:

  • Loss of employment
  • Permanent reduction in salary
  • Retirement
  • Cessation of Trading (if Self Employed)

When you apply and/or advise of an income related change in circumstance, all household income, not just the income of the person who has experienced the negative change, will be assessed/reassessed on the current year (2017). You will be asked to provide evidence of the current year’s (2017) annualised income for your household. If the change happens during the academic year then any grant award or adjustment will take effect from the month in which the change occurred.

If , after assessment, it is found that there is a positive change (increase in income) this will not affect your eligibility to any grant already awarded in 2017/2018 but it will be awarded for one year only and you will be fully reassessed for the following academic year.

Non-Income related change in circumstances include:

  • A sibling or parent now attending further or higher education on a full-time basis.
  • An increase in the number of dependent children in the household
  • A change in your nationality or immigration status
  • A change in your ordinary permanent residence (this is in relation to adjacent/non-adjacent rates of maintenance grant only)
  • A change of course or institution

When you apply and/or advise of a non-income related change in circumstances, as per above, you will be asked to provide SUSI with documentary evidence to allow us to assess your application in relation to the declared change in circumstances.