Written by SpunOut | Last updated April 4th, 2017
Student grant applications for 2017/2018 are now open. You can apply here.
Most undergraduate students attending publicly funded third-level courses do not have to pay tuition fees. Under the terms of the Free Fees Initiative, the Department of Education and Skills pays the fees to the colleges instead.
However, if you don’t qualify for the Free Fees Initiative, you may qualify for a student grant.
The undergraduate student grants are divided into maintenance grants and fee grants. The amount of grant aid or support depends on your means/parent’s income (see below for more on cut off rates).
A maintenance grant is a contribution towards a student’s living costs. Generally, if you qualify for a maintenance grant, you qualify for the fees grant.
To qualify for a maintenance grant:
You can apply online for a student grant for the 2017-2018 from April 3rd.
If you are applying to renew a grant for 2017-2018, apply to the authority that issued your grant last year. It will be one of the following:
If you were living with your parents from October 1 of the year before the year of entry to the course (so 2013 if you’re applying for September 2014), you are considered dependent on your parents and any income you earned is assessed together with your parents' income.
Independent mature candidates are candidates aged over 23 who live separately from their parents from 1 October of the year before the year of entry to the course. If you are an independent student, you are assessed on your own income (and that of your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, if applicable).
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