Grants for Further and Higher Education
Information on student finance
There is detailed information on the range of grants and funds for students in further and higher education on the website studentfinance.ie. This website has details on:
- Grants for Further and Higher Education
- The Fund for Students with Disabilities
- The Student Assistance Fund
- Some third-level scholarships.
The Citizens Information site also has very detailed information – see – citizensinformation.ie
The student grant is the main source of financial help available from the Irish State for students in full-time Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLCs) and full-time higher education undergraduate/ postgraduate courses. Support is available to eligible students in most colleges in Ireland as well as eligible Irish students in many colleges in Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU States. For eligible students, the grant is there to help with the various costs of participating in further or higher education. Students on part-time courses, access or foundation courses (in higher education institutions) and short courses are not eligible to apply for a student grant.
Family and/or personal income is a key factor that will be assessed when you apply for a student grant but there are also some other conditions. Studentfinance.ie will help you to assess whether you are eligible and guide you in starting the process. Full details of the student grant scheme for the current year at http://www.studentfinance.ie/mp9519/further-downloads/index.html
Type of Student Grants
Student grants are divided into 2 classes – maintenance grants and fee grants.
A maintenance grant is a contribution towards the student’s living costs. Students who started or are starting courses from the academic year 2010/2011 onward do not qualify for a maintenance grant if they are on a Back to Education Allowance or VTOS allowance.
A fee grant can cover any of the following 3 elements:
- All or part of the student contribution
- Costs of essential field trips
- All or part of a student’s tuition fees (but not if covered by the Free Fees Scheme)
Where to Apply
A new ONLINE ONLY grant applications system is being introduced in 2012. All new applications will be made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through www.studentfinance.ie.