It's still not too late to apply for that grant
First of all, it's not too late to apply. SUSI will continue to accept applications, but those that were submitted before August 5 will be processed first.
The rules say that the earliest that successful applicants will receive their grants is at the end of October, when their college has confirmed that they are registered.
Steps in the SUSI process – from application to award:
* Student applies online and should hear within four weeks of applying whether they are deemed eligible to proceed for a grant. Students who receive refusal letters may appeal.
* Four weeks after applying, applicants will get a request from SUSI for documents. This checklist will vary with each category of student. It will also depend on personal financial circumstances and whether the student or family is self-employed or otherwise.
* The quicker the requested documents are posted to SUSI, the greater the chance of getting the process completed within 12 weeks.
* Self-employed and farmers whose 2012 accounts may not be available until later in the year are encouraged to apply now to SUSI, if they have not already done so, indicating their estimated income for 2012 on their application and submit their accounts to Revenue as early as possible to get a notice of assessment which can then be accepted by SUSI as evidence of income.
* Applicants can check the progress of their applications by using the on-line tracker. http://www.susi.ie/Info/ News/ Track-your-Online-Application-progress.aspx)
* The CAO will automatically let SUSI know when applicants have accepted a college place (if the applicant ticked the SUSI box on the CAO form). Otherwise, the applicant will need to provide SUSI with a final course acceptance form.
There will be updates on the SUSI website www.susi.ie and the SUSI Helpline and Support desk will be open weekdays 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm. Phone: 0761-08-7874 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org