Step 2: Check your Residency Status
In order to qualify for a grant a student must be legally resident in Ireland for at least 3 of the 5 years up to the day before your approved course commences in an approved college. If you do not qualify at the beginning of your course, it is possible for you to meet this requirement during the course of your studies; reviewed at the beginning of an academic year.
In Section B of the application form you will be asked to confirm if you were legally resident in Ireland for 3 of the last 5 years. If your answer is yes - just click the box and SUSI will at a later stage in the application process request supporting documents from you. Suggested documents would be:
Other supporting documents that may be requested in respect of 3 of the last 5 years:
A combination of any of the above documents may be requested as considered appropriate by SUSI.
Note: A minimum of one document per year is required.
If you have not been resident in Ireland for 3 of the last 5 years you click the no box and you will then have the following options:
EU Member State /the EEA/Swiss Residents
If you have been living in another EU Member State, the EEA or Switzerland for at least 3 of the last 5 years immediately before the date on which a year of study commences, you may be eligible for a grant for tuition fees only. If you do not qualify at the beginning of your course, it is possible for you to meet this requirement during the course of your studies; reviewed at the beginning of an academic year. You will be required to provide photocopies of supporting documents such as income tax returns/domestic bills showing your residency in that country.
If you were Studying Abroad
If you do not meet the residency requirement in Ireland because you were temporarily resident outside Ireland because you were pursuing an approved course of study or postgraduate research in the EU, then you may still be eligible to apply for a student grant. In this case, you will need to have been legally resident in Ireland for at least 3 of the 5 years immediately before you commenced that course of study or postgraduate research.