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Investment in Access

Funding programmes National Access Office

The Fund for Students with Disabilities

The Fund for Students provides funding to students with a disability attending courses in third level institutions and, since 1998, in Post Leaving Certificate Centres.  Students attending approved courses in Northern Ireland, the UK, and the EU are also eligible to apply to the Fund.  This Fund is administered by the National Office for Equity of Access to Higher Education with the Higher Education Authority.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide students with a disability assistance and equipment to enable them to access, to participate and to complete their course of study.  The fund is for a person with a disability who has specific support needs.

Categories of Disability include:

  • Blind/Visual Impairment
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Mental Health Difficulty
  • Other
  • Physical Disability/Mobility Impairment
  •  Significant Ongoing Illness
  • Specific Learning Difficulties                

Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund is intended to tackle disadvantage by providing financial support to disadvantaged students who require additional financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third-level studies. The Fund is administered to institutions by the National Access Office.

Students who are registered with these institutions, and are participating in courses which lead to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, can apply for the Student Assistance Fund. Institutions are advised that resources should be targeted at those disadvantaged students most in need.  It is a matter for each individual institution to target its resources having regard to the needs of its students and the range of programmes/facilities available to it. 

www.studentfinance.ie is a comprehensive, user friendly guide to student grants and financial supports available in further and higher education. Clear and detailed information is provided on the full range of student supports, including:

  • Maintenance Grants
  • Fund for Students with Disabilities
  • Back to Education Allowance
  • Student Assistance Fund
  • Course fees
  • Scholarships

In addition, you can find answers to questions you might have on the various schemes in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of www.studentfinance.ie . A ‘Useful Links’ section is also provided, which includes details on grant administering bodies and other educational agencies.

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