Fund for Students with Disabilities

The Fund for Students with Disabilities allocates funding to further and higher education colleges for the provision of services and supports to full-time students with disabilities. The Fund aims to ensure that students can participate fully in their academic programmes and are not disadvantaged by reason of a disability.

Eligible students can receive assistance from the Fund from PLC level right up to doctoral level. You do not have to be in first year of a course to be eligible to apply for the Fund*. Application for the first time can be made during any year of study on an approved course at further or higher education level.

A claim under the Fund is made on behalf of an eligible student by their college following an assessment of need. Applications cannot be made directly to the Fund by students. Colleges are also responsible for the management of the funding approved for eligible students.

Students supported under the Fund for Students with Disabilities are not means-tested. A minimum age for application applies, however. Students with disabilities enrolled in part-time courses, access or foundation courses in higher education institutions or short courses are not eligible for consideration under the Fund.

To work out whether you may be eligible for the Fund you need to be aware of the main conditions of the programme. The 9-step guide, which you can access from the left-hand side of this page, will assist you in this process. Each step has a button that will guide you through the eligibility requirements of the fund.

The Fund for Students with Disabilities is funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013.

Categories of Disability are:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Blind/Visual Impairment
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Mental Health Condition
  • Neurological Condition
  • Neurologically-based Speech, Language or Communication condition
  • Significant Ongoing Illness
  • Physical Disability
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia)
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia or Dyscalculia)

Full details regarding eligibility are on studentfinance.ie

Check out Cork Harbour Heritage Exhibition in St Peters church, Cork. Opening of Passage West's Maritime Museum to… https://t.co/DmJDtyl66j
Saveur food - free programme to help small food businesses solve #foodwaste issues through training, tracking, moni… https://t.co/SMREzq29cf
Welcome to local food businesses @SECADCork today. Kick off of Saveur Food with @CIT_ie Clean tech @TasteCorkhttps://t.co/vdubXyOAhh
@corkcuisine @TasteCork Tuesday, February 13th @SECADCork offices and February 28th at The Midleton Park Hotel. Vis… https://t.co/j7A8LqEKMT
.@SECADCork Review 2016-2017 now published to share highlights & impacts of work supporting enterprise, employment,… https://t.co/ynVpwDdSHr
'Why are you throwing away so many chips?': How east Cork is tackling its food waste (via @thejournal_ie) https://t.co/0E2Qzvo8Gu
Nice article in @thejournal_ie this morning about ‘Savour Food- East Cork’ a new waste reduction initiative for fo… https://t.co/D88itAzsTj
@RingofCork Customer Service training session Wed, 31st @SECADCork 9.30-1pm for ROC members & other local retail bu… https://t.co/VMoEZVumxY
RT @FirstCut1: The 90th Academy Awards will happen Sunday night March 5th! We cannot wait - congrats @nora877! #Oscars2018 inspiring, suppo…
Great morning @MidletonFarmers market yesterday promoting a new food waste reduction initiative for east Cork busin… https://t.co/vhZZ14DcwG