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Higher Education Grants Frequently Asked Questions

What is the closing date to submit an application for a grant?

Can I submit my application without all required documentation?

How do I apply for a Higher Education Grant?

My parents are separated/divorced, should I submit details on the form for the parent who no longer resides with us?

I have forwarded my application form and was wondering when I would be contacted regarding award of grant?

My income or that of my parents in the tax year ended 31st December 2011 was from a combination of the categories listed (i.e. employment, pensions, social welfare, maintenance agreement, savings, etc.). What documentation should I provide?

Can I apply retrospectively for a Higher Education Grant for previous academic year(s)?

I was awarded a Higher Education Grant in 2011/2012 and I was wondering do I need to supply any information in order for my grant to continue in 2012/2013?

I got a Higher Education Grant for academic year 2011/2012 but didn’t pass the end of year exams and have to repeat the year, will I continue to receive grant aid for the repeat year ?

I will be pursuing a part-time course in a private college, do I qualify for a Higher Education Grant?

I am an E.U./ non E.U. applicant who has recently taken up residence in Ireland. Am I entitled to get a Higher Education Grant?

What makes me a mature student?


What is the closing date to submit an application for a grant?

Applications must be received by 31st August 2012.

Can I submit my application without all required documentation ?

No, only complete applications will be accepted. All incomplete applications will be returned and this can further delay the assessment process.

How do I apply for a Higher Education Grant?

If you are a new applicant or an existing application who is changing course or college you should apply to the Student Universal Support Ireland. You can apply online only and should go to www.studentfinance.ie for more information. If you already have a grant with Kildare County Council you will receive a renewal form in the post in mid June.

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My parents are separated/divorced, should I submit details on the form for the parent who no longer resides with us ?

You must identify this parent/guardian by writing the word ‘separated/divorced’ in the column provided on pages 2 and 3, Q’s 5. and 6. and supply one of the following original pieces of documentation; 1) Current Deserted Wives Benefit book or Lone Parents Allowance book 2) Maintenance Agreement/Order/Divorce Decree 3) An affidavit sworn before a Commissioner for Oaths/ Peace Commissioner that he/she is separated. (An Affidavit is available on request from the Higher Education Grants Section, Corporate & Cultural Affairs Department, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas. Tel. (045) 980202) 4) An allowance for a Lone Parent in relation to tax relief is shown on form P.21 from the Revenue Commissioners, Tel. 1890 44 44 25.

 

I have forwarded my application form and was wondering when I would be contacted regarding award of grant?

You can assume that if your form is not returned to you as ‘incomplete’, that it has been forwarded to the relevant person to be assessed. You will be notified in due course of the outcome (i.e. if you are eligible/ineligible).

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My income or that of my parents in the tax year ended 31st December 2011 was from a combination of the categories listed (i.e. employment, pensions, social welfare, maintenance agreement, savings, etc.). What documentation should I provide?

You must provide all documentation required under the listing provided on Page 8 of the application form for all categories, which applied to you (or your parents) income in the Tax Year ended 31st December 2011.

Can I apply retrospectively for a Higher Education Grant for previous academic year(s) ?

No.

I was awarded a Higher Education Grant in 2011/2012 and I was wondering do I need to supply any information in order for my grant to continue in 2012/2013?

All applicants who were awarded grants in 2011/2012 will be forwarded Renewal or Reassessment Forms for completion and return to Kildare County Council. Undergraduates must send their exam results with this form. Postgraduates must submit a letter from the relevant institution confirming entry into first/next year of college with this form. Otherwise, you are not required to supply any further information in order for your grant to be renewed for the Academic Session 2012/2013 unless one of the following applies to you;
1) You are contacted by this office and asked to provide details/information because you have been included in a test sample of previous grant holders to ensure that your reckonable income is still within the limits set for this year.
2) You have previously requested that you are allowed defer your grant (for a maximum of one year) and you now wish to request that your grant be re-awarded for the current Academic Year.
3) You were awarded a Grant in 2011/2012 for one year only.
4) You wish to advise this Authority of a permanent change in circumstances, which may make you ineligible/eligible for the award of a grant in 2012/2013.
5) You have changed your Course or College for Academic Session 2012/2013.

I got a Higher Education Grant for academic year 2011/2012 but didn’t pass the end of year exams and have to repeat the year, will I continue to receive grant aid for the repeat year ?

No, repeat years are not eligible for award of a grant, the only exception to this is if a student is repeating under " medical grounds" and the college has agreed to waive the tuition fees for the repeat year.

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I will be pursuing a part-time course in a private college, do I qualify for a Higher Education Grant?

No, Only full-time courses in “approved” colleges are eligible for grant aid.

I am an E.U./ non E.U. applicant who has recently taken up residence in Ireland. Am I entitled to get a Higher Education Grant?

Applicants must satisfy the Nationality Clause of the Higher Education Grants Scheme, 2012/2013 i.e. Nationality Candidates must: :

- hold E.U. Nationality; or - have Official Refugee Status; or - have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State; or- have permission to remain in the State by virtue of marriage to an Irish national residing in the State, or be the child of such person, not having EU nationality; or - have permission to remain in the State by virtue of marriage to a national of another EU Member State who is residing in the State and who is or has been employed, or self-employed, in the State, or be the child of such a person, not having EU nationality; or - be nationals of a member country of the European Economic Area (EEA) (see Appendix V) or Switzerland. If you are not a mature student (i.e. under 23 years of age from 1st January 2010) you must apply to the Local Authority in the County where the College you will be attending is located. It will be necessary to provide all details for your parent’s income (translated into English) in order for you application to receive assessment.

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What makes me a mature student?

There are three definitions of a mature student in the scheme:

  • A mature candidate is a candidate who is at least 23 years of age on the 1st January of the year of entry or re-entry to an approved course and on re-entry has taken at least a 3 year break from studies.
  • A mature candidate dependent on parents is a mature candidate who was ordinarily resident with his or her parents from 1st October, 2011.
  • An independent mature candidate is a mature candidate who was not ordinarily resident with his/her parents from 1st October, 2011

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