Covid-19 Once Off Emergency Allowance
The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has introduced a Covid-19 Once Off Emergency Allowance of €250 for SUSI and higher education students.
You are eligible for the Covid-19 Allowance of €250 if you meet all of the following criteria:
• Full time
• EU Undergraduate student or EU Postgraduate student
• Ordinarily registered in Ireland at the 1st November 2020
Please note, there is no requirement to apply for the credit or contact DCU. Eligible students will automatically receive the €250 as follows:
For those eligible students already in receipt of fee or grant funding from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) in 2020/21:
• You will receive your €250 from SUSI. For further information, please refer to SUSI website – link
• If you have applied to SUSI and have not yet received a decision on your 2020/21 application, a €250 from SUSI or a €250 credit on your DCU account will be applied, once a SUSI awarded decision has been made.
For all other eligible students
You will receive your €250 credit from DCU.
• €250 will be credited to your account before the 20th December 2021.
• If you have fees owing, this credit will be automatically allocated against these fees.
• If you do not have fees owing, this credit will be utilised against academic year 2021/22 fees.
• If you do not have fees owing, and are a final year student, you will receive a €250 refund. You will need to update your bank account details on your DCU student portal ahead by 22nd January 2021 to receive the refund.
COVID Student Support Fund €250
Frequently Asked Questions
7th December 2020
Why is this credit being provided by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Skills?
In recognition of the challenges facing full time third level students the Minister has announced once off funding of up to €50m to provide additional financial assistance in this academic year.
The funding, which was provided as part of the Budget 2021 announcement, in recognition of the significant upheaval they have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic will offer financial assistance to all EU full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students attending publicly funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The scheme will ensure students;
• Who avail of the SUSI grant, including students studying abroad, will receive €250 top-up in their grant;
• Students who do not avail of the grant but attend publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in the state will receive a €250 credit note for their institution;
• In a small number of cases, alternative arrangements will be made to facilitate a payment to students, at the discretion of individual institutions.
This builds on a range of specific student supports in response to Covid, including the provision of additional access supports including a doubling of the Student Assistance Fund, additional funding for wellbeing and mental health services and a €15 million technology fund for devices for students in further and higher education to assist with difficulties in accessing technology to facilitate their course work in a blended capacity.
Who is eligible for the €250 credit?
• All students in receipt of SUSI grants including fee only grants ( including Higher Education undergraduate and postgraduate students, students studying abroad and PLC)
• All current registered full-time Irish/EU undergraduate and postgraduate students who would ordinarily be registered as such as at 1st November 2020 in publically funded higher education providers under the remit of DFHERIS.
What is the process for allocation of payment/credit to eligible Students?
Information regarding SUSI Students
- Students in receipt of SUSI do not need to contact SUSI unless they need to update their bank account details and this information is all available on the SUSI FAQs.
- SUSI are collecting bank account details from students on fee-only grants, since no such details were held by SUSI.
- All SUSI recipients (including those studying abroad) are eligible for the payment.
- This funding will be processed through existing systems, legislation and financial controls already in place and tax implications do not arise.
- Anyone receiving any SUSI support will be paid by SUSI and not by their HEI and instructions to HEIs have issued in this regard
- Some students will be paid in 2021 as there are still applications being assessed and appeals as per current statistics.
- Any student who is currently awaiting a decision on SUSI eligibility and is ultimately not successful in their SUSI application will receive the credit through their HEI following receipt of the decision. Successful applicants will receive payment through SUSI.
Information regarding NON SUSI Students
- Higher education institutions will contact eligible students as soon as practicable.
- Students do not need to contact their college or apply for the credit it will be automatically applied by the institution.
- Assistance is not available to part time students or international students.
Only available to Further Education and Training students who are in receipt of SUSI supports.
- All higher education institutions have been asked to apply a credit note in the name of the registered students as soon as practicable. The Department is working with providers to finalise this process .
- In a small number of cases where a credit cannot be applied a payment may be facilitated at the discretion of the institution.
What institutions are eligible for this student fund?
The institutions facilitating the student credit are:
• University College Dublin
• Dublin City University
• Trinity College Dublin
• Maynooth University
• University College Cork
• University of Limerick
• NUI Galway
• Technological University Dublin
• Limerick Institute of Technology
• Institute of Technology Tralee
• Cork Institute of Technology
• Waterford Institute of Technology
• Carlow Institute of Technology
• Athlone Institute of Technology
• Dundalk Institute of Technology
• Sligo Institute of Technology
• Letterkenny Institute of Technology
• Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
• St. Angela’s College Sligo
• Mary Immaculate College
• National College of Art and Design
• Royal Irish Academy
• Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies
• Royal Irish Academy of Music
• Dublin Dental Hospital
• Marino Institute of Education
• National College of Ireland
• Pontifical University Maynooth
• Carlow College
• Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
What can the credit be used for in an institution?
- This credit for students can be used as an offset against a range of services provided by each individual Institution including but not limited to (student contribution fees, registration fees, photocopying, other higher education campus services etc.) for the academic year 2020/21 or against outstanding student contribution charges which are payable in 2020 or within the year 2021, or other costs which arise and would otherwise be payable to institutions during this period. Your institution will provide details of applicable services available.
FAQ’s and potential queries from students:
I am not eligible for a SUSI grant. How do I apply for the €250 payment?
The €250 payment will be made to all full-time EU undergraduate and postgraduate students in publically-funded institutions and there is no requirement for these students to apply for the payment. Your higher education institution will be in contact with you directly to inform you about how they intend to credit you the amount of €250, which can be used against future payments of the student contribution or other paid-for services provided by the institution during 2020 or 2021. The credit will be distributed to students before the end of the 2020/2021 academic year.
I receive a SUSI grant. Do I have to apply for the €250 payment?
If you receive a fee grant, tuition grant or maintenance grant from SUSI then there is no requirement for you to apply for the payment. SUSI will be in direct contact with any grant recipients who they require bank account details from.
I receive SUSI funding for a fee grant of 50% and have already paid €1500 to my HEI, how do I apply for the €250 payment?
There is no requirement for you to apply for the payment. Your HEI has been informed that SUSI will make the payment to you. SUSI will be in direct contact with any grant recipients who they require bank account details from.
I’m an apprentice attending off the job training once a week in a HEI. Can I apply for the €250 payment?
The €250 payment will be made to all full-time EU undergraduate and postgraduate students currently registered in publically-funded institutions and apprentices will not receive the payment.
I am a final year student and have paid full fees, can I receive a payment in lieu of the credit?
In a small number of cases where a credit cannot be applied a payment may be facilitated at the discretion of the institution.
I am a higher education student experiencing challenges what additional support or advice may be available for me to access?
Students who may be experiencing challenges or difficulties are encouraged to text 50808 . This is a 24/7 helpline to assist students with any issues they may have.
Dublin City University
Student Fees Notice Board
SUSI Notification: - 28/02/18
It should be noted by all students applying for a SUSI grant that they do not cover the payment of student levies.
All undergraduate students receiving payment of their student contribution fee from SUSI will be required to make a payment of €43 for their student levy.
All Postgraduate students are liable to pay a student levy of €277. Students receiving payment of 100% fee award from SUSI will be required to pay in full their student levy of €277 which is not covered by SUSI
SUSI Online Student Grant Application System - April 2021
Please be advised that the National student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland)
has announced that its online application system, for new and renewal student grants, for the 2021/22 academic
year will open April 2021
Data Protection - SUSI
Please note that DCU staff cannot speak on your behalf with SUSI without your written permission.
UK students future Fees Status
Existing enrolled UK students will retain an EU Fee status and/or entitlement to 'Free Fees' funding, if they were assessed with this status, for the duration of their current degree programme.
UK students starting a programme in the 2021-22 academic year, and who are entitled to funding under the current regulations of the 'Free Fees' scheme (UG students only) or to an EU fee status, will retain this status for the duration of their programme.
DCU have just introduced a student fees easypay telephone number (01/2530219) on which all payments relating to student payments can be made.
The relevant information needed is the student ID number, date of birth, fee amount and credit card number.
Third party payments can also be made through this option.
Penalties for Non Payment of Fees:
Penalties for the non payment of fees will be applied to your account if fees are not paid within the deadline payment dates.
Receipts can now be printed online via your student portal page as follows:
- Student fee Menu
- Revenue tax certificate
- Insert required year eg. for 2020/21 academic year insert year 2021 and return