Colleges will this week inform students of the application process for a fee refund of €1,000.
Students who have paid their student contribution charge in full will be eligible for a refund after a once-off reduction to the fee was announced in Budget 2023.
Eligible students will be contacted by their College to provide account details by 30 November 2022 in order to receive a refund, according to Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris.
Speaking today, Harris said: “If you have not paid your fee, it will be knocked off your bill and if you have, your college will be in touch to ensure you get your money back.”
Students in receipt of a 50% support grant from SUSI will have their student contribution payment reduced from €1,500 to €1,000.
All maintenance grant recipients will also receive an additional payment from SUSI on 16 December, Harris today confirmed.
The minister said today that the additional grant payment “will mean more money back in people’s pockets by the end of the year.”
“This will benefit almost circa 50,000 students across the country. And effective from January, we will permanently increase maintenance grants by 10-14% ensuring students will receive the help and assistance they need,” Harris added.
“These are practical measures to help students and families with the cost of education and the cost-of-living more generally. This is all about ensuring we can help people through the next weeks and months.”