Student Finance Information

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.

Student Grant

New student grant applications for 2012/2013
A new ONLINE ONLY student grant application system is being introduced for the 2012/2013 academic year.  All NEW applications will be made online to a single awarding authority, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), a unit of City of Dublin VEC, through

If you are already in receipt of a grant
Students who are currently in receipt of a student grant and who are progressing to the next year of the same course will continue to be assessed and paid by their existing awarding authorities - i.e. the relevant local authority or Vocational Educational Committee.  If you are changing your course or progressing to a new course you will need to apply to the SUSI online system through

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. 

Course Fees
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.  has compiled details of schemes currently in operation.  The list does not contain every scheme available in Ireland.

Postgraduate Students
Students entering new postgraduate courses from September 2012 onwards will make their online application to SUSI.  

Frequently Asked Questions  provides answers to the most frequently asked question (FAQ's) on the financial supports available for third-level education.

Useful Links
In this section, provides links to agencies, organisations and resources connected with further and higher education and training in Ireland. 

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