Change of Circumstances
If you did not apply for a grant or did not satisfy the eligibility conditions to be awarded a full or part grant (i.e. for maintenance, student contribution or tuition fees) and changes of circumstances in relation to reckonable income, or any of the circumstances listed below, occurs you may become eligible to be assessed or re-assessed during the academic year.
Changes of Circumstances in relation to reckonable income:
The means test for your grant application is normally based on your (or your family’s) income in the last full financial year. Therefore, if you apply for a student grant for the academic year 2013-14, your eligibility will be assessed based on reckonable income from the 2012 financial year. However, if you or your family have had a change in reckonable income in the meantime that is likely to last for the duration of your course, or for the foreseeable future, then your eligibility for the grant may be assessed or re-assessed to reflect the change in income.
Where an adverse change in reckonable income has occurred since 31st December 2012, the application will be assessed or re-assessed based on revised income rather than income for the year ended 31st December 2012. All income is re-assessed and not just the income of the person who experiences the negative change. Awards or adjustments will be made with effect from the month in which the change in circumstances occurs.
Where there is an increase in the income of any of the persons whose income is under consideration since 31st December 2012 this will not affect eligibility to any grant awarded already for the 2013-14 academic year. However, eligibility for a grant in subsequent academic years will be based on the income in the previous financial year.
If you had not applied for a grant before the 2013 closing date (to be published shortly) you can only do so after that date under the “ Change of Circumstances” provision. You may need to contact SUSI in relation to submitting a late application – contact details are on the SUSI Support Desk page.
Other Changes of Circumstances:
In the event of changes of circumstances in the academic year relating to the following your eligibility for the grant may also be assessed or re-assessed during the academic year:
Note: You must notify your awarding authority immediately in writing of any material change of circumstances or incorrect information that is likely to have a bearing on the award of the grant. Failure to notify your awarding authority is an offence and may result in the loss of your student grant and prosecution