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3rd Level Funding: grants, scholarships and access schemes

Learn about the financial grants, scholarships and access schemes in third-level education.

3rd Level Funding: grants, scholarships and access schemes

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The next few weeks will open a new chapter in your academic career as you embark upon your journey into third-level education. Going to college can be one of the most exciting times in your life, but it can also invite a number of expenses that you didn't have to consider before. Between courses fees, accommodation costs and living expenses, the bills add up quickly. Fortunately, there are a number of funding options for those who need a little extra financial help when it comes to accessing their third-level education.

SUSI
SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants.

The funding SUSI provides

SUSI provides funding assistance for full-time engagement in:

  • Further Education and Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) Courses.
  • Higher Education.
  • Postgraduate Studies.
  • Study Outside of the State (in some cases only).
SUSI provides two different types of grants:
  • Fee Grant – This covers the fees at the educational institution the student is attending. It can include the tuition fee, the student contribution charge and the compulsory field trip expenses. This is paid directly to the educational institution.
  • Maintenance Grant - This covers the day-to-day living expenses and is paid in monthly instalments throughout the academic year.

Whether a student qualifies for a grant/the types of grants they qualify for depends on whether they are dependent or independent and on their household income.

Information on Income Thresholds and Grant Award Rates for Undergraduates is available here.

You can access the information on Income Thresholds and Grant Award Rates for PLC students here.

You can also access SUSI's Eligibility Reckoner here.

Below is a video featuring tips for your SUSI grant application.



To apply for a SUSI grant, click here. The sooner you apply, the quicker your application will be processed.

Scholarships

Scholarships are a great way of securing the necessary financial aid to fund your third-level education. There hundreds of scholarship opportunities available in third-level institutions around Ireland. Many of these scholarships are based on academic performance, however, there are also numerous bursaries devoted to sports, performing arts and those which focus on offering under-represented groups the opportunity to pursue third-level education.

To access our Scholarship Search Engine, click here.

HEAR Scheme

The HEAR scheme is an admissions route into college for school leavers who, for social, financial or cultural reasons, are under-represented in third level education. Colleges participating in the scheme set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students. HEAR is not a maintenance grant. 

Useful Links

Grants and Scholarships

HEAR Scheme

TU Dublin Cost of Living Guide


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