THE NATIONAL STUDENT grant system SUSI has said that there are no current delays in the processing of applications.
A spokesperson for SUSI told TheJournal.ie that applications are still being received and can still be made for the duration of the academic year.
“SUSI wants to facilitate people who, for example, have a change in personal circumstances in the course of the academic year or those who decide to take a further education course that does not start until January 2014,” they said.
Applications which were submitted before the 5 August 2013 deadline will continue to receive priority assessment. By that deadline SUSI had received 82,000 applications – 59,000 new applications and 23,000 renewals.
The spokesperson said they are “being assessed on schedule”.
“SUSI will do an initial assessment of each application and then send out to students a request for documents – fewer this year because of a data sharing arrangement between SUSI and government departments,” the spokesperson explained. “If the correct documents are returned without delay, the whole process should take about 12 weeks.”
“There are currently no delays in the system,” they added. “Under the rules, the earliest any payment can be made is the end of October when Colleges confirm that students have registered and are attending their courses.”
SUSI reminded all students receiving Leaving Certificate results today that it was there to answer any questions they have as they make decisions about colleges over the next week: