Other funding sources
St. Vincent De Paul
Saint Vincent de Paul has an education fund which you can apply for if you are returning to education. The grant does not apply to private colleges or training centres and will not be an option for those who already hold a degree or post-graduate qualifications. The amount awarded will vary depending on your individual circumstances and grants are awarded to those deemed to be most in need. You can contact your local SVP office and ask for further details on applying for this grant.
Bursaries and Scholarships
There are a broad range of bursary and scholarship schemes in operation which provide an opportunity for you to access additional financial support if you meet the criteria. In particular, Uversity and the 1916 Bursary have a specific allocation of funding available for lone parents.
In addition, many higher education institutions offer their own scholarship or bursary schemes. You can contact the college you hope to attend or are attending and ask about any specific schemes they may have. Most colleges and universities have a budgeting advice service which can help you with finances and will have information on what is available.
Student Assistance Fund
Once you start a course you may be able to apply for the Student Assistance Fund which provides financial support to full or part-time students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college. Students can apply for the Student Assistance Fund to help with either temporary or ongoing financial difficulties. The Student Assistance Fund is designed to provide a source of financial support in addition to a SUSI grant.
You will find an overview of financial supports available for education on the Higher Education Authority’s website.