Student Feature: Seven steps to securing your student grantPosted: 8 August, 2017
Starting college is a really exciting time, but the transition from school to third-level can be tough for some so it is important to begin your education on the right foot.
One of the first things you should do is get your finances sorted and apply for your student grant. This is important as you will need a grant application number to register online at DIT. The priority deadline to submit your application to SUSI, Ireland’s student grant awarding body, was in mid-July but don’t worry you can still apply for the 2017/2018 academic year - just follow these seven steps.
Step one: If you are unsure of your eligibility, you can use SUSI’s online eligibility reckoner to find out.
Step three: Take a note of your application number and register for your DIT programme online when it opens on 15th August 2017. It is also important to keep a note of your tracking number.
Step four: Use your tracking number to trace your application approval online or you can also contact SUSI via Facebook/Twitter or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an update.
Step five: If your application is successful you will receive a letter from SUSI, check the wording and the amount indicated, if SUSI has not awarded 100% of the fees there may be a balance outstanding for which you are now liable.
Step six: SUSI do not liaise with DIT, so it is important that you send a copy of your approval letter to the Fees & Grants Section at DIT, who will then apply the grant to your account.
Step seven: Check the Register and Pay system a few days after you submit your letter to ensure your grant has been applied to your account.
Further information on the SUSI process is available at their website www.susi.ie.