Student Finance Information
Studentfinance.ie provides information on course fees and details on eligibility requirements for free fees. In addition, you will find out all you need to know about other sources of assistance for students, such as the Fund for Students with Disabilities, the Back to Education Allowance and the Student Assistance Fund. You can find answers to possible questions you may have by accessing our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. Lastly, it provides details and links to a range of other organisations and websites that may be of interest and/or assistance.
The Student Grant is the main source of financial assistance and anyone who is thinking of embarking on further study should investigate whether they are eligible, and, if so, submit an application. The Student Grant section of studentfinance.ie is the most comprehensive source of information on the available schemes that you will find anywhere in Ireland. It provides a handy step-by-step guide to eligibility in clear, plain English
They provide information on course fees and details on eligibility requirements for free fees. In addition, you will find out all you need to know about other sources of assistance for students, such as the Fund for Students with Disabilities, the Back to Education Allowance and the Student Assistance Fund. You can find answers to possible questions you may have by accessing our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. Lastly, they provide details and links to a range of other organisations and websites that may be of interest and/or assistance.
Before making an application, students are encouraged to refer to the grant eligibility criteria, to use the eligibility reckoner and to view tips for applicants provided on the SUSI website.
Fund for Students with Disabilites
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.
Student Assistance Fund
The student assistance fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. Students can apply for Student Assistance to help them with either temporary or ongoing financial difficulties. The Student Assistance Fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the Student Grant.
Back to Education Allowance
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows qualifying persons to return to full-time education in approved courses while continuing to get income support.
The BTEA allows people in receipt of certain social welfare payments to retain those payments whilst participating in approved full-time courses in further and higher education.
Free Fees Initiative - Criteria for Determining Eligibility.
Other Finance: Bursaries & Scholarships
Did you know that there is a broad range of bursay or scholarship schemes in operation which provide an opportunity for students to access additional financial support if they meet the criteria? Schemes are available which are specifically targeted at students with limited means, students with disabilities and students from minority ethnic groups. In the main, bursary or scholarship schemes are focussed on higher rather than further education, however there are a number of exceptions. Studentfinance.ie has compiled details of schemes currently in operation. The list does not contain every scheme available in Ireland.
Students entering new postgraduate courses from September 2012 onwards will make their online application to SUSI.
Frequently Asked Questions
Studentfinance.ie provides answers to the most frequently asked question (FAQ's) on the financial supports available for third-level education.
In this section, studentfinance.ie provides links to agencies, organisations and resources connected with further and higher education and training in Ireland.