Financial support is available to eligible students in the form of the student grant in most colleges in Ireland as well as eligible Irish students in many colleges in Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU states.
If you are eligible, the grant is to help you with the various costs of participating in further or higher education.
The government issues the student grant for students in full-time Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLCs) and full-time higher education undergraduate/postgraduate courses.
How does it work?
You are not eligible to apply for a student grant if your take on part-time courses, access or foundation courses (in higher education institutions) and short courses.
You will be means tested, assessing your family and/or your personal income when you apply for a grant.
Studentfinance.ie can help you to assess whether you are eligible and guide you in how to apply. Though it’s important to remember that this is guidance and all cases, the grant-awarding bodies make the official decision.
The conditions have been changing quite a bit over the last few years with government cuts, so it’s important to get access to the most up-to-date information. Studentfinance.ie is the most reliable independent source for this.
If you think you are eligible for the student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible. You do not need to have been offered a place in college. The application process for 2012/2013 is now open.
When your application has been completed in full and submitted to the grant-awarding authority your eligibility will be determined.