Fine Gael Councillor, Gordon Hughes, is urging all new local students, who may be eligible, to apply for their third level grants as soon as possible.
The student grant system has been reformed and a unified application process will be implemented by one body, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).
“SUSI will replace the 33 VECs and 33 local authority bodies currently processing applications, so new students should apply for their grant though SUSI,” Cllr Hughes explained. “Students seeking financial assistance can apply now, regardless of whether they have chosen a college course yet.
“This is a phased scheme, so it is important to point out that students already in receipt of a grant and who are progressing to the next year of their course will continue to be assessed and paid by the existing awarding authorities. However, if you are changing your course or progressing onto a new course, you should apply to SUSI,” he advised.
Students or parents with queries on the application process can contact the SUSI Support Desk on 0761-08-7874 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be accessed on www.studentfinance.ie.