Student Grant Scheme
Information for students who have applied for the Student Grant Scheme for 2017/18
The Student Grant Scheme is the main financial support available for eligible students attending full-time programmes at UCD. It is overseen by the Department of Education and Skills and is administered by SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), local authorities and Education and Training Boards (ETBs). Since May 2012 all new applicants to the Scheme apply to SUSI
The closing date
for the prioritising of renewal applications is 15 June
, 2017 and for new applications the 13 July
, 2017. Applicants can still apply after that, but SUSI will be giving priority to those who applied before 15 June 2017. Any queries regarding the final application date should be directed to SUSI
Students who were in receipt of the Scheme prior to 2012-2013 remain with their original grant awarding body if they are on the same programme.
It is the your responsibility to ensure that your grant application, whether renewal or first time, is complete and fully submitted to your respective grant awarding body within the deadline.
Further details on the Student Grant Scheme, including how to check eligibility and how to apply, are available here;
The Grant Process - How it works
New Students: The Grant Process - how it works for SUSI Grant Holders
Continuing Students: The Grant Process - how it works for Student Grant Scheme
- This section applies to first time SUSI applicants and returning applicants who have re-applied to SUSI to renew a grant. (If you are already in receipt of a Student Grant from a Local Authority or ETB please see the section below)
- If you have been offered a place in UCD and have applied to SUSI for a grant you will be asked to input your 13 digit SUSI application code in the Personal details section of the registration process when you go online to register
- If you are a SUSI Grant Holder you do not need to notify UCD of your grant approval status. SUSI will notify UCD directly if you are eligible for a grant, whether first-time or renewal
- If your SUSI grant application is approved SUSI will notify UCD which will allow Administrative Services to credit your account for the approved amount. An invoice for those fees will then be issued to SUSI for payment
- When SUSI has paid this fee to UCD, and where a refund may be due (for example, if you have already paid some or all of your fees), this will be automatically processed
- If you are renewing a Student Grant from a Local Authority or ETB you should submit any grant award letters to the Student Desk in the Tierney Building
- Administrative Services credits your account for the amount shown on the grant approval letter and sends an invoice to the Local Authority or ETB for payment.
- If the grant includes a maintenance payment this will be paid either directly to your bank account from your grant awarding body or by cheque, sent to UCD and issued by the Student Desk in the Tierney Building. If you receivie maintenance by cheque you will be notified by e mail when it is ready to be collected. Emails will be sent to your UCD Connect account
- Maintenance cheques will not be posted to you unless you are on official ERASMUS or on placement away from UCD. Written confirmation of this is required from the programme director
- Maintenance cheques must be collected by you in person. You must hold a valid UCard
Entitlement to a Grant
For further information about entitlement to a SUSI Grant or a Student Grant, rates of grants and Grants Means Testing please check the Student Finance
website or SUSI
Notification to the University of Grant Entitlement
If you are a SUSI grant applicant
you will not need to notify UCD of your grant approval status. SUSI will notify UCD directly. However, if you have been offered a place in UCD and have applied to SUSI for a grant you will be asked for your 13 digit Alpha numeric SUSI number in the Personal details section of the registration process when you go online to register.
If you are a continuing UCD student
who is in receipt of a student grant from your local authority or ETB you should submit official notification from your grant issuing body of the grant renewal to the Student Desk, Ground Floor, Tierney Building, Belfield, UCD, Dublin 4.
What must I pay?
Please note that the Student Grant Scheme does not cover the Student Centre Levy of €254
and all students are liable for this amount. Also, depending on the rate of grant awarded, it may not cover the full Student Contribution Charge for undergraduates
, tuition fees for graduate students
or other fees
not covered under the Student Grant Scheme.
As an incoming student
registering to a full-time undergraduate programme who has made an application for the Student Grant Scheme
and whose tuition fees are fully covered by the Free Fees Initiative
you should pay a minimum of one third of the Student Centre Levy by 10 September 2017. The remaining two thirds of the Student Centre Levy should be paid by 31 January 2018. The Student Centre Levy for 2017-2018 is €254.
As a continuing undergraduate student
whose tuition fees are fully covered by the Free Fees Initiative
and is in receipt of an existing grant through S.U.S.I., local authority or ETB you should pay a minimum of one third of the Student Centre Levy and Debt Carry Over (if applicable) by 10 September 2017. The remaining two thirds of the Student Centre Levy and Debt Carry over are due in full by 31 January 2018.
Further information about Student Contribution Charge and the Student Centre Levy
For 2017-2018 a graduate student
with Student Grant funding on a programme of two semesters
should pay a minimum of one third of the Student Centre Levy plus
one third of any other fees and charges not covered by the grant by 10 September 2017 with the balance of charges due by 31 January 2018.
For 2017-2018 a graduate student
with Student Grant funding on a programme of three semesters
should pay a minimum of one third of the Student Centre Levy plus one third of any other fees and charges not covered by the grant on the following dates: 10 September 2017, 31 January 2018 and 19 May 2018.
If you are registering to full-time graduate programmes and have already paid a deposit towards your fees and have registering for a programme where the total tuition fee will be paid by The Student Grant you need not pay the Student Centre levy as the deposit will cover this payment.
Refunds - Student Grant Holders
If you are due a refund of fees paid due to your approval for The Student Grant it will be processed only after UCD has received the fee from the relevant grant-awarding body. Where a payment has been made by a credit or debit card it will be rebated online*, otherwise a cheque will be sent to your registered home address.
[*Note: online payment more than 180 days old will be refunded by cheque]
Other Funding Available to the Graduate Research Students
On academic merit:
- Irish Research Council
- Remission of tuition fees for holders of IRC Awards - please note that you must pay the student levy and any additional costs not covered by the grant