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What is SUSI?

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. It began processing in 2012

SUSI offers funding to eligible students in approved full-time third-level education in Ireland and also, in some cases, funding for students studying outside the State. SUSI offer support to all types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education.

SUSI’s grants are divided into three different categories:

  1. Maintenance grants – Day to day living costs.
  2. Fee grants – Covers the cost of the college fees.
  3. Postgraduate contribution – If you have already graduated but want to do a Masters.

Other financial supports to students: There is detailed information on the range of grants and funds for students in further and higher education on the website for example it has details of the Fund for Students with Disabilities, the Student Assistance Fund and some third-level scholarships.

What is the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)?

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education.

DARE has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.

DARE is for school leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1st January 2016, who have been educationally impacted as a result of that disability. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.

Mature students and students applying on the basis of Further Education and Training (FET)results have different admission routes. You can get further information on these routes from college and university websites.

What is the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)?

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)  is a college and university scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.

HEAR has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that socio-economic disadvantage can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.

HEAR Applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support.

HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2016 who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. Mature and FET (Further Education and Training) students have their own admissions routes and should contact college admissions offices for more information. Applications to HEAR can only be made online through the CAO.