Students receiving the SUSI scholarship said they would face financial hardship due to the late payment of the first installment on October 8.
The first installment date, SUSI said, is due to later college enrollment dates due to the late publication of CAO offers.
Talk to University timesImogen O’Flaherty Falconer, final year art student at NUI Galway, said: âSUSI won’t arrive until October 8th means I will have to scramble to make ends meet. “
âI get an invalidity allowance which costs only â¬ 203 per week,â she said. âI can’t work and my parents can’t help me either.
âIt’s incredibly stressful and puts a strain on my sanity, not to mention the student contribution fund I have to pay before I can register for my modules. Honestly, I don’t know where I’m going to get the money.
ZÃ¶e Cummins, a third-year physics student at Trinity, called the payment date “daunting.”
âI was lucky enough to work all summer and save money on rent for September and October. Many others don’t have this privilege because vacation income can push you past the SUSI threshold and affect your grant, âCummins said.
Shane Lynch, a sophomore sociology and politics student at University College Dublin (UCD), told the newspaper that he quit his job “to fall below the income you are allowed to earn without ever. accounting income, because I could lose otherwise grant more than a few euros â.
He said he “would much prefer if the first monthly support payment was in September, as it would help subsidize costs such as transportation.”
Cody O’Neill, a final year nursing student at Trinity said, âI have to pay my first month’s rent and deposit in September, which I rely heavily on SUSI maintenance for. I have a feeling that several other students who have to hire for college will also be in a similar position.
“The first month of college always seems to be the most expensive too with preparing for the year with books and the like,” she added.
The Students’ Union of Ireland (USI) criticized SUSI’s payment schedule, saying bursary recipients will face financial hardship at the start of the term.
In an email statement to University times Earlier this month, USI Vice President for Welfare Somhairle Brennan said: âStarting college, or going back to college, is an extremely expensive time. It takes so much money up front, especially for bigger cost items like rent and housing deposits.
Brennan added that the level of the SUSI grant is “not even on target” because “the level of financial support given to students through SUSI was drastically reduced in 2011 and has not been reinstated, despite the soaring cost of living, especially accommodation costs “.
SUSI said the payment schedule was pushed back based on the later re-entry.
In an email statement to University timesSUSI Communications and Customer Service Manager Eleanor Murphy said, âSUSI’s payment schedule is updated annually based on college start dates because to receive payment a student must be registered with his college and the college must confirm its enrollment with SUSI. “
âSUSI consulted colleges and found that for [the] 2021-22 academic year, many colleges will open from mid-September to the end of September.
âAfter careful consideration, the first scheduled installment of the bursary for higher education students is October 8 to enable students to register with their college and for colleges to then confirm their enrollment with from SUSI, âshe said.
SUSI will make weekly payments to those who register late. This means that students who are not confirmed as recipients of SUSI at least one week before the first installment, but who are subsequently considered eligible for the scholarship, will not have to wait a full month to receive the scholarship. First payment.
Brian Ã CriochÃ¡n, an arts and humanities student at IT Carlow, told this newspaper that the late payment date “shows a blatant disregard or lack of understanding for some of the less visible costs of attending college.” .
“I am going to Carlow this year and [my brother is] entering the city. A lot of people might scoff at the idea that bus tickets are a real cost issue, but, when I was on SUSI to go to university in Dublin, bus fares took 90 percent of the payment. “, did he declare.
The Independent Irish recently reported that the cost of college is expected to increase up to â¬ 14,000 for students living away from home.
This includes the student contribution of â¬ 3,000, as well as the increase in food prices and the cost of rent.
Travel costs on average â¬ 972 per year, or â¬ 108 per month.
âI don’t think a lot of people or politicians realize how poor some SUSI students are,â CriochÃ¡n added.
Cummins also said, âIn previous years, the first SUSI payment was on the last Friday in September. But what about the months of August and September, when students have deposits, rent, supplies, and travel to pay? “
âIt’s so clear that the system is run by people who have never had to depend on a grant to make sure they can survive college,â she said.