Almost 200,000 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students are to receive one-off payments or  credit notes worth up to €250 each before Christmas under the Covid-19 payment scheme for third-level students announced by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris.

The funding was provided in a €50 million Covid-19 payment initiative for third level students in Budget 2021 and aims to offer assistance to students in recognition of the hardship experienced due to the pandemic.

There are a number of ways in which students can claim the payment.

SUSI grant students


If you are in receipt of the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant you will receive a €250 top-up before Christmas. You just need to make sure your bank details are added to their account. To do so,  click the My Banking tab on SUSI's website and follow the instructions. If bank details are not added, SUSI will be unable to process the payment.

The payment will be made on 18 December and the deadline for bank details to be added is 7 December.

Other students


If you do not avail of the SUSI grant you will be able to reduce any outstanding fee payments now or in the next academic year by €250. Alternatively, you can receive a €250 credit note. However, the Government has said that in some cases, alternative arrangements can be made for students to receive the payment.

Any student who is paying their fees in installments this year can take €250 off their next instalment. Students who are not paying their fees in installments or receiving SUSI grants can put €250 towards on campus services or opt to receive a credit note for their institution

Please bear with the CIT Fees Office as they process the grant.    These will be provided either by way of a refund or credit note as per the arrangements below:

  1. Full-time Students in receipt of a SUSI grant will be paid directly by SUSI on December 18th 2020.
  2. Full-time Students who have €1500 outstanding for Semester 2 will only have to pay €1250.
  3. Full-time Students who have paid the €3000 in full can be refunded or given a credit of €250 towards their fees for next year.