Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has encouraged students to apply for improved student supports.

SUSI has now opened for applications for student grant funding for the 2024/25 academic year.



Minister Harris said:

I am delighted to announce these really important improvements for students and families.

During my time as Minister for Further and Higher Education, I have been determined to reduce the cost of education and today’s announcements are another significant step in that direction.

We know the cost of going to college can be very difficult for families and every year, we have been making important changes to help students.

These will take effect from September. Please log on to and find out if you are eligible.



Budget 2024 provided significant improvements to existing supports under the Student Grant Scheme.

From September 2024 eligible students will benefit from:

  • An increase to grant rates by up to €615
  • An increase in the income threshold for a 100% Student Contribution grant from €50,840 to €55,924 meaning no student in this income bracket will have to pay a student contribution;
  • An increase in the income threshold for a Band 4 maintenance grant from €46,790 to €50,840 meaning greater supports for this group.

To reflect increases to the old age pension and the national minimum wage, the income threshold to qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant has also increased from €25,000 to €26,200 and there has been an increase to the income deduction for student earnings outside of term time from €6,552 to €7,925 effective for the 2024/25 academic year.

SUSI is open for new applications from today, 4th April, 2024.

Students should check out SUSI’s website to make an application: .

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