Students Grants

Arrangements for New Student Grant Application for 2012/2013


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STUDENT GRANTS 2011/2012  

Closing date for receipt of Student Grant Applications has been extended to 1st December 2011


Grant Office opening hours (telephone only from 1st December 2011)

Phone lines open every Wedneday from 9.30am - 12.30pm

Contact: 046-9068209 or                


Please find below details of payment dates for remainder of year:

18/01/2012         VEC 2nd Instalment                PLC

15/02/2012         VEC                                      PLC

14/03/2012         VEC                                      PLC

28/03/2012         VEC 3rd Instalment

11/04/2012                                                      PLC

09/05/2012         VEC                                      PLC

13/06/2012         VEC                                      PLC

The New Student Grant Scheme 2011/2012 is now available.

Student Support Act 2011

Student Support Regulations 2011

Student Grant Scheme 2011


Please visit for full information on the grant application process including details of how to apply for a grant online, and for further information regarding all aspects of financial support to students.

If you think you are eligible for the student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible. The application process for 2011-2-12 is now open. You do not have to wait until you receive an offer of a place or enroll in college.



Summary of changes to student grant as a result of Budget 2011:

Three measures were announced in Budget 2011 relating to the student grant schemes:

  • Reduction in overall rates of grant
    • A reduction of 4% is to be applied to the rates of all student grants.
    • This reduction applies to all existing grant holders and to new grant holders alike.
    • The implementation date is January 2011.
  • Qualifying distance criterion for non-adjacent rate of grant
    • The qualifying distance criterion for entitlement to the higher non-adjacent rate of grant (distance from home to the higher education Institution)  has been changed from 15 miles (24 kilometres) to 45 kilometres.
    • This measure applies to all students
    • The implementation date is the start of the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Automatic entitlement of mature students to non-adjacent rate of grant.
    • The automatic entitlement of mature students to the higher non-adjacent rateof payment has been removed.
    • The implementation date is the start of the 2011-2012.


Department of Social Protection - FRAUD CONTROLS
Students are reminded that Institutions of Education are required to provide details of student enrolments to the Department of Social Protection, to identify possible abuses of the Social Welfare System.  You are not entitled to receive a Social Welfare payment while attending a full-time course of study unless you have received prior approval from the Department under the terms of the scheme.  It is Department of Social Protection policy to consider for prosecution ALL cases of fraud and abuse of the Social Welfare system.  All information is treated as confidential and is subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.   
Department of Social Protection  
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