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 only.

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

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: University Support:

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