Friday 1st August is the deadline for SUSI applications – DEERING.

28th July, 2014

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has urged parents and students to apply for third level grants this week as SUSI’s deadline is this Friday, 1st August.

“If you or a family member is hoping to start a third level course this year, this is the last week for applications as the deadline is Friday 1st August.

“My constituency office have have been dealing with a lot of worried parents and prospective students who didn’t apply to SUSI on time in the past few years, or who didn’t send in the correct information. It is really important that you take the time to put together all the required information, that you fill out the form correctly and that everything is submitted on time.

“If you provide SUSI with insufficient or inaccurate information or if you make a mistake on the form, this delay the process and may result in late payment. There are a lot of costs associated with getting started at third level, so it is important to get applications in on time to ensure payment is received as soon as possible.

“It’s also worth noting that although some people may think they are above the threshold they may be eligible for part of the grant and this can be of great assistance. There are a variety of limits in respect of the allowable income depending on the adjustments or increments which are applicable in a particular case. Households with a combined income of €54, 240 or less, and with four or less dependents, are eligible to partial contribution.

“It wont be long before the Leaving Certificate results come out, so now is the time to get planning and organising. I know many people who contact me about late applications, say their son or daughter didn’t think they’d get their course so they let the SUSI deadline pass by without applying. Students don’t always know how well they have done in their exams or they may take a second choice course so it is important to apply anyway, and make sure to do so before next Friday.”