QualifaX is the Irish national database of all further and higher education courses. It is the ‘one stop shop’ for information on courses. Included are links to college and other education / training websites in Ireland and abroad.
Studentfinance.ie is a great one stop shop for anything related to student finance and is a great first port of call.
Citizensinformation.ie also have very detailed information about all aspects of education including student finance.
A new student area of the Higher Education Authority website is designed particularly with potential students in mind and their families who need clear, introductory information on higher education. There are six parts to the student area in all, including sections on 'Opportunities in Higher Education', What to Study and Where to Go', Applying for a Course' and 'Student Life'.
If you are thinking about taking up a full-time course of study in college, it will be through the CAO that you will apply. The CAO website provides everything you need to know about the applications process.
Itsyourmoney.ie, an initiative of the National Consumer Agency, has a new section specially for students. It includes impartial, non-commercial information on making a budget, how to manage bills and some tips to reduce everyday costs. It also features a podcast on the topic of student finances.
Education in Ireland is particularly good for international students.
This organisation provides financial assistance for education and training. Applicants can apply to the Education Officer in the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. In order to apply applicants need to enclose a letter, outlining what they are studying and what factors are inhibiting their studies. Generally this fund is reserved for learners who have not been successful with other agencies.