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SUSI goes live - new streamlined student grant website launched

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Minister Ruairi Quinn

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, today launched Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), a new centralised online system for the awarding and managing of student grants.

As a new 'one-stop- shop', SUSI will process new grant applications for students starting college in the coming academic year or those beginning new courses.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said, "The process is quick and easy, you do not have to have decided on your college course before applying and you will be informed much quicker on the outcome of your application.

"Many students have had to wait for lengthy periods for their grants in the past and faced undue hardship as a result of these delays. Now, once they are approved, they will receive monthly electronic transfers into their bank accounts during the academic year."

Until now some 66 authorities were involved in the process of awarding grants, as students had to apply to their own local authority or VEC. SUSI has a staff of 65 which will save the taxpayer approximately €5 million per annum once the transition is complete.

Commenting on this saving, Minister Quinn said, "This is an excellent example of public sector reform. It has significant benefits not only to students seeking or in receipt of grants but also to the public purse.

"These reforms will ensure better customer service for all students who rely on grants and are also a concrete development in meeting the objectives for the education sector as set out in the Croke Park Agreement."

As SUSI will only be dealing with new applications in its first year of operation, renewal applications for students already in receipt of a grant for their current courses will continue to be dealt with by the existing 66 grant awarding authorities.

SUSI is available at this link.

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