Property and Procurement
Higher Education Grants
Fingal County Council awards Higher Education Grants under the Local Authorities (Higher Education Grants) Acts 1968 to 1992. A new scheme is drawn up each year by the Department of Education & Science before being formally adopted by each Local Authority.
It is the policy of Fingal County Council to fully reassess all applications each year.
Applications for the year 2012/13
Renewal of a Grant awarded in 2011/12. The form to renew the grant awarded is now available to download. It should be returned to this Council by the 30th November 2012.
New Grant Applications for 2012-13
A new ONLINE ONLY grant applications system is being introduced for 2012. All new applications will be made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through www.studentfinance.ie.
When can I make my grant application?
The details of the 2012 Student Grant Scheme and the SUSI online application system are now available at www.studentfinance.ie
How do I make my grant application?
As soon as the online application system opens for the 2012/13 academic year, you will be able to register online with SUSI and then complete the online application form. The online application facility will be available through www.studentfinance.ie. Remember, it will not be necessary to have received an offer of a college place or to be enrolled in college in order to apply online.
How will I submit my supporting documentation?
Following initial assessment of your application, if eligible, you will receive by post a provisional grant approval and a personalised list of the supporting documents you will need to return to complete your application. Completed documentary evidence packs (photocopies of the documents, not originals) should be returned as soon as possible in the envelope provided to you.
When you return all the necessary supporting documents SUSI will process your application to award stage, subject to confirmation of your acceptance on an approved course.
When will I receive a final decision from SUSI?
When you confirm acceptance of a place on an approved course (usually late August/early September), your grant is awarded and payment will be made on a monthly basis (subject to confirmation of attendance) directly into your designated Irish bank account.
Where can I get more information on SUSI?
As part of SUSI’s support to students, there will be a SUSI Helpdesk available in the lead up to and following the launch of the online application system for both email and telephone queries. The Helpdesk will provide extended services in the evenings from the launch date in May.
What if I’m already in receipt of a grant?
Students who are currently in receipt of a student grant and who are progressing to the next year of the same course will continue to be assessed and paid by the existing awarding authorities - i.e. the relevant local authority or Vocational Educational Committee. If you are changing your course or progressing to a new course you will need to apply to SUSI.
Fingal County Council has no information on how the new arrangement will operate in practice.
Academic Year 2012/2013
Phone Lines and Public Counter
The phone lines are open from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and our counter is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
We would appreciate if you would not ring the office to check on the status of your application. Files are being assessed in the date order they were received and we will contact you as soon as we have reached your application. It is currently taking between 8 and 10 weeks from the time we receive an application to fully assess it.
As soon as your application is registered on the system a letter confirming that it was received.
Academic Year 2012/13
Renewal of a Grant Awarded in 2012/2013: Students who wish to make an application for a renewal must download the form, see below. Students must submit their exam results with the application as well as documentary evidence of income. Please see the form for the list of necessary documents.
- The qualifying distance criterion for entitlement to the higher non-adjacent rate of grant (distance from home to the higher education institution) will be changed from 15 miles (24 kilometres) to 28 miles (45 kilometres). This measure will take effect for all students both new and renewal from the start of the 2012/2013 academic year.
- The automatic eligibility of mature students to the higher non-adjacent rate of payment, will no longer apply, effective for all students both new and renewal from the commencement of the 2012/2013 academic year. This measure will bring the arrangements for mature students into line with all other students.
Forms that are received without the correct documentation will not be assessed or registered with the Local Authority and will be returned directly to the student.
The Closing date for all applications is the 30th November 2012. Applications are assessed in the order of the date received.
Higher Education Grants Section,
Fingal County Council,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 01-8905991
Useful Information / Download Documents
- Form to be completed by candidates pursuing undergraduate courses in E.U. member states (excluding Ireland) (SA1) LINK - doc - 199kbs