Relevant Person: What to Do?

If you have a sibling/parent in full-time further or higher education at the same time as you, SUSI refers to them as a ‘Relevant Person’.

The income limits may be increased where a ‘Relevant Person’ is attending a full-time course of study of at least one year’s duration in Ireland or the EU leading to a major award at Levels 5 to 10 of the National Framework of Qualifications. This may improve the rate of maintenance grant an applicant is eligible for.

 A ‘Relevant Person’ may be:

  • A dependent child (e.g. applicant’s sibling);
  • A dependent student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s); or
  • An independent student’s spouse, civil partner or cohabitant.   

What do I need to do?

If you have already been awarded a grant, but there is a ‘Relevant Person’ in your household in full-time further or higher education at the same time as you, you can send SUSI evidence that the relevant person is registered and attending college for the 2021/2022 academic year. 

SUSI will need a letter from the college or institution (it should be on official headed paper and be signed and stamped by the college) confirming that the other student (Relevant Person) is registered and will be attending full-time in the 2021/2022 academic year. Please note that this letter cannot be obtained from the college until the student has registered on their course. The letter should also be clearly marked with your own name and SUSI application reference number.

Please note:

If you have already been awarded a full 100% maintenance grant (or the special rate of maintenance grant) there is no need to send evidence of Relevant Persons, as you have already been awarded the maximum rate available. Please check your award letter before submitting a review request.

What will happen next?

SUSI will review your application and documentation. If you are eligible for a higher rate of grant, we will send you a new award letter by post.