The Students' Maintenance Grant: A Full Breakdown Of Everything You Need To Know 📑
The Students' Maintenance Grant consists of:
A monthly stipend, a total of 9 months
A yearly academic grant issued at the beginning of the year
A one-time grant issued at the beginning of the year to first year students following undergraduate courses
You can apply here 💫
Your application will be submitted to the Stipends Office who will approve of it.
Once approved, you need to confirm the application to receive your grant. The yearly grant will be issued about 15 working days after you confirm your application and the one-time grant is issued with the yearly grant. You have to apply each year for the maintenance grant.
Difference Between The One-time Grant & The Yearly grant?
The aim of both the one-time grant and the yearly grant is to help finance students’ educational materials, books, and equipment. The one-time grant is additional aid only to first year students who are studying a full-time day at degree level course.
General courses: €465.87
Prescribed Courses: €698.81
Diploma & general courses: €565.87 per year
Prescribed courses: €798.81 per year
The Maintenance Grant Board offers supplementary grants to students experiencing financial, physical, health-related, or other difficulties, who can apply for additional monetary funds. This application process is part of applying for the maintenance grant and must be renewed yearly.
Applications for the Supplementary Grant are evaluated by the Student Maintenance Board. You have to make sure you supply the relevant documentation as part of the application.
The Supplementary grant is split into two:
Stipend: If the grant is approved, the student receiving the supplementary stipend will receive €305.29 (both prescribed and general courses) every 4 weeks.
Grant: 1st year students will be given an extra grant of €232.94 while 2nd year students and over will be given €1164.47 every subsequent year
Repeating Year, Additional Year, Or Extension Year
If you are repeating the year, you are only eligible for the stipend and not the yearly-grant.
An additional year is if you fail a study unit/s and fail the resit too and are given the chance to redo the year but only do those study units you failed.
You would only be eligible for stipend on a pro-rata basis according to the number of credits you are taking per semester.
An extension year gives you additional time to complete your thesis for 6 months but you can get a further extension to 1 year. Students who are on an extension year are only eligible for the stipend on a pro-rata basis according to the number of direct teaching hours per credit they are registered for per semester.
If you fail/resign/abandon your course, you will receive a letter with the amount due and the payment instructions. The amount to be refunded will be the grant or part of the grant and/or any stipend received after the last day of attendance. If you abandon the course without submitting a resignation, you will be asked to refund both the stipend and grant.
Changing Your Course
To change a course, you have to first resign therefore you will be asked to refund the grant or part of the grant and/or any stipend received after the last day of attendance. Once the next academic year begins and the refund is settled, you can then apply for the maintenance grant once again.
What Happens If I Take A Suspension Of Studies?
As soon as your request for a suspension of studies is approved by your Faculty, you should inform the Stipends Office. Your stipend will be put on hold and you will start receiving it again the following year from where you left off.
The grant will not be re-issued the next year. If you do not return from your suspension of studies, and decide to resign, you will have to refund part of the grant or part of the grant and/or any stipend received after the last day of attendance.