Investment in Access
For all information on these funds and all funding available to students in higher education see www.studentfinance.ie Studentfinance.ie is a user friendly comprehensive website that will help students and their families navigate through financial support systems.
The National Access Office administers the following funding programmes:
Overview of Access Funding
From 1996-2005 the HEA supported the development of access programmes by higher education institutions through its targeted initiative funding programme. Since 1996, HEA funded institutions have drawn on this funding to develop the necessary infrastructure and programmes of action which support wider access for people with a disability, mature students, young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and members of the traveller and refugee communities.
In 2006 with the intrduction of the Recurrent Grant Allocation Model (RGAM) this funding was mainstreamed through the core, annual recurrent grant to higher education institutions. All HEA funded higher education institutions are now receiving funding for access initiatives which is linked to the number of students from under-represented groups enrolled in each institution.