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Grants and Funding

SUSI Grant

SUSI is the main type of grant payment in the Republic of Ireland. Grants are only awarded to those applying to full time courses in registered  public colleges. Students in private colleges are not eligible for grant applications. Therefore most CIT students are eligible to apply for the grant. Although postgraduate students are not eligible for a maintenance allowance they may be eligible for a grant for tuition fees. Grants are only awarded to those who have legally lived in Ireland for 3 of the last 5 years.

For more information and enquiries on SUSI contact SUSI helpdesk at,  call 0761 08 7874 or go to

If you applied for your Student Grant using the SUSI system last year you should receive an email or letter at the start of June asking you to renew your grant to see if you are still eligible for it.

If you are applying for the first time you can apply by clicking here

Students in receipt of grants from existing awarding authorities should renew with that awarding authority.

  • The SUSI Support desk is available for both email:  and telephone queries at 0761 08 7874 for all queries.
  • Take a look at the SUSI Facebook page for guides and updates 
  • Take a look at this quick video from SUSI on how to apply for the SUSI Grant 



If  you have any questions about SUSI contact our Vice President Education, Denise:

021 433 5276 / 087 062 4830

Back To Education Allowance

The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows people in receipt of certain social welfare payments to retain those payments whilst participating in approved full-time courses in further and higher education. The BTEA allows qualifying persons to return to full-time education in approved courses while continuing to get income support. Approved programmes range from foundation courses to postgraduate courses. Participants receive a standard rate of payment that is not means-tested.

Please note that as of September 2010, students entering a new course who are in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance will no longer be eligible for a maintenance grant. Such students can, however, apply under the relevant student grant scheme to have the student services charge and any tuition fees payable for the course paid on their behalf.

For more information on the Back To Education allowance please visit the Student Finance website. There is a comprehensive guide to the allowance here which will outline the eligibility criteria and give you an idea as to whether you application might be successful.

If  you have any questions about the BTEA contact our Vice President Education, Denise:

021 433 5276/ 087 062 4830


Student Assistance Fund

As part of an initiative to tackle educational disadvantage, an ESF aided Student Assistance Fund has been made available to CIT by the Department of Education and Skills.

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. Students can apply for Student Assistance to help them with either temporary or ongoing financial difficulties. The Student Assistance Fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the Student Grant. Often students may not qualify for the SUSI grant but may still be struggling , they can also apply for the Student Assistance Fund.

Take a look at the necessary information in relation to the CIT Student Assistance Fund here.

2016/2017 forms will be available in September 2016 from the following offices:

  • Accommodation Office, 1st Floor, Student Centre
  • Students' Union Office , 1st Floor, Student Centre

If you have any questions about the Student Assistance Fund please do not hesitate to contact Vice President Welfare, Ruth:

021 433 5273 / 086 384 2977


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