IT Tralee Student's Union

What is SUSI?

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Irelands single awarding authority for the student maintenance grant. Applications for Student Grants are assessed under the criteria set out in the Student Support Act 2011, Student Support Regulations and the Student Grant Scheme. All successful applicants have their 'Student Contribution Fee' paid as well as being awarded a full (100%) or part (75%, 50%, 25%) maintenance grant. SUSI has been in existence since 2012/13 after it took over from County Councils and VEC's (now ETB's). Over the last 2 years SUSI has undergone some drastic changes due to major problems faced by students in its 1st year. Some of these issues related to delays in grant payments and in many cases delays in the process of applications. This year SUSI has implemented the 'SUSI Help Desk', which aims to help and assist students during and after their application.

I've applied but I haven't received a decision on my application yet?

There are two reasons for this: 1. You have applied after the deadline (1st, August 2014) 2. SUSI may be attending to other applications before they reach yours. In either case everything is normal. You will receive full confirmation of your application but you will have to wait a little bit as applications are processed individually. For students who applied after the deadline, your application will take longer to process and will be addressed after all applications made before the 1st of August are dealt with.

How is my income assessed?

For the 2014/15 academic year, your application will be assessed on gross income from all sources for the period January 2013 to December 2013. For more in-depth information check out the following 2 links:

Income Assessment
Income Threshold for Undergrads

What is non-adjacent and adjacent mean?

Students may receive the non-adjacent rate or the adjacent rate meaning that a student will be awarded a certain amount of the grant based on the distance between home and the college. If you live 45km or more away from the college you will receive the non-adjacent rate of the standard grant.

Levels of Grant Non-Adjacent Rate Adjacent Rate Student Contribution Paid?
Special rate of maintenance grant 5,915 2,375 Yes
Standard rate - 100% maintenance 3,025 1,215 Yes
Standard rate - 75% maintenance 2,270 910 Yes
Standard rate - 50% maintenance 1,515 605 Yes
Standard rate - 25% maintenance 755 305 Yes

All successful applicants have their Student Contribution Fee paid on their behalf by SUSI. Students are also awarded a maintenance grant on top of the fee's, which is used to pay for course materials, rent, food, travel and socialising costs

Contact SUSI support desk

  • Available 9.00am - 8.00 Mon/Fri
  • Available 10.00am - 1.00pm Saturdays
  • Email: support@susi.ie
  • Telephone 0761 08 7874
  • Facebook.com/susisupport

I've been awarded the grant but haven't been paid yet, what now?

Congratulations, the grant is an essential part of students' lives as they meet the demands of college life costs. Payments are staged so you won't receive the grant all at once, you will receive it monthly. The dates for grant payment can be found on your Academic Wall Planner.

I've been paid, what now?

The most important thing for you to do now think before you spend. MABS (Money Advice and budgeting Service) is the only free, confidential, independent and non-judgmental service for people in debt, or in danger of getting into debt, in Ireland. Our advice is to not spend all your money on nights out and fast food. Take the time before you receive your 1st grant payment to budget. If you are required to gets books for a particular module, get them! If you need to buy a laptop or equipment for your course, go and buy whatever it is! Food is important so always factor in enough money to your weekly or monthly budgets for food, travel, and socialising costs.

Some Useful Links

  • Donedeal.ie & Adverts.ie (Laptops, cars, sports equipment, clothes etc)
  • MABS - mabs.ie (Money management and budgeting service)
  • SUSI.ie (comprehensive source of information on the grant scheme & provides a step-by-step guide to eligibility & the grants process.)
  • Student Finance.ie (convenient and user-friendly source of information on financial support for further and higher education.)
  • Citizens Information.ie (provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland.)

The Student Assistance Fund

The SAF (Student Assistance Fund) is available to any students throughout the college as financial support through your college term. If you are under financial hardship and receive a grant you can apply for the SAF. If you are uncertain about your grant payments or if you do not receive a grant then you can apply for the SAF. If you are in receipt of BTEA (Back To Education Allowance) you may also apply for SAF. There are always significant reasons as to why students apply for the SAF and if you feel you need to then don't hesitate in filling out an application. The SAF can cover a variety of costs that students face during college. It may cover rent, food, travel and clothing costs. Please note that the SAF does not cover the student contribution fee and any applications made for students fees will not be granted. Once you apply you will be called for an interview and your application will discussed and a decision on funding is made. Your Students' Union sit on the panels and assist in the decision process. There may be situations where the SU know a student applying for the SAF and at our discretion we will withdraw from the interview process for fairness to the student and the institute. Valerie Moore (Access Officer) and Fr Kevin Sullivan (Chaplain) also sit on the SAF panel and can be contacted on the RED PHONE at any time for more information and assistance. You can also speak with Niamh or Steve in the SU for more information.

Back To Education Allowance

The BTEA is a very important and crucial service for those in receipt of social welfare payments as it financially support students while they undertake their course of study. The BTEA serves to support students in the same the way the maintenance grant does. BTEA encourages people who are on social welfare payments like Jobseekers Allowance to (re)enter into education if they had to drop out in previous years or if they never had the chance before. In order to be considered for BTEA you must be at least 21 years of age. If you are in receipt of a social welfare payment, aged 18-20 and have been out of the education system for at least 2 years you may be eligible to qualify. Once you receive confirmation of your application you must confirm to the Department of Social Protection that you are registered with the institute you are taking up study in. The Admissions Office will give you a letter confirming your registration and this can be given back to your local social welfare office. As of 2010, those receiving payment of the BTEA will not be able to receive a maintenance grant. However, you may apply to SUSI to have your 'Student Contribution Fee' paid on your behalf.

BTEA - Budget 2014

"From 1 January 2014 all new BTEA participants aged under 26 who were getting a reduced age-related Jobseeker's Allowance payment, will get a maximum BTEA rate of 160 per week (any means participants have be deducted from this rate)." - (Welfare.ie) As we move towards Budget 2014, USI's pre-budget submission aims to prevent any more cuts or changes to vital financial services such as the BTEA. For more information on the BTEA please visit student finance and the Department of Social Protection websites.

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About the ITTSU

We are made up of three full time officers and six part time officers, who will serve a term of 12 months. All officers have been elected by the students of the Institute.

This means that we have gone through many of the same experiences you all will go through so you should feel comfortable to come to us with any query at all and hopefully we can make your experience here in Tralee as enjoyable as possible.

IT, Tralee Students' Union are proud members of the USI (Union of Students in Ireland)

Do you want more info? Give Us a Call

If for some reason you cannot seem to contact us online or you are not on campus please call the union on one of the below numbers or feel free to drop into any of the offices.

066-7144138 | 066-7144137

IT Tralee Student's Union