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Financing your Studies

An excellent source of information on all matters relating to third-level fees and sources of funding is www.studentfinance.ie.

Back to Education Allowance
For eligible applicants, the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is an educational opportunities scheme for persons in receipt of certain social welfare payments wish to pursue second or third level courses of education subject to meeting the qualifying conditions. Full information on the BTEA, and on how to apply, can be obtained from your local Department of Social Protection Office.

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Higher Education Grants
The student grant scheme is administered by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The grant is divided into two components – maintenance grant and fee grant. You cannot get the Back to Education (BTEA) and the maintenance component of a student grant together. You can however apply for a fee grant to cover the student contribution (2018/19 €3,000) and any course tuition fees not already covered by the free fees scheme.

If you think you are eligible for the student grant, you do not have to wait until you receive an offer of a place or enrol in college to apply. You are advised to make your application as soon as possible as only when your application has been completed in full and submitted to SUSI can your eligibility for funding be determined. The student grant scheme is means-tested. The deadline for applying for a higher education grant is 1 August in any year.

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Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) provides financial assistance to full-time undergraduate or postgraduate students in need of such support. For full details please visit the Access Office website or contact them directly on T: 061-213104 or E: access@ul.ie.

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Financial Aid Fund
In conjunction with the University of Limerick Students’ Union and the Postgraduate Students’ Union, the University administers two types of financial aid.

  • The Financial Aid Hardship Fund is an interest free loan to students. This scheme is designed to help students who experience short-term financial problems. If the student qualifies for assistance, she/he will receive an interest free loan that is capped at €500. This loan is repayable in full prior to graduation.
  • Additionally, student parents who are experiencing financial difficulties can apply for a Childcare Bursary to support them with their childcare/child-minder costs. For those student parents who qualify for the bursary, 20%-50% of their childcare costs will be covered by the bursary.

If a student is experiencing financial difficulty and wishes to apply for either type of funding, she/he is encouraged to call to Teach Fáilte or Room CM071 to meet with the chaplain, or to the Students’ Union Information and Support Coordinator, Sean Bailey-Whyte.  Alternatively, the student can email john.campion@ul.ie or sean.bailey-whyte@ul.ie to make an appointment.

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Fund for students with disabilities
The Fund aims to ensure that full-time students with disabilities can participate fully in their academic programmes and are not disadvantaged by reason of a disability. A claim under this Fund is made on behalf of an eligible student by their college following an assessment of need. Applications cannot be made directly to the Fund by students. Students with disabilities enrolled in part-time courses, access or foundation courses in higher education institutions or short courses are not eligible for consideration under the Fund.

Further information on funding for study related support for students with a disability is available from the UL Disability Support Service. T: 061-213478 or E: michelle.hartnett@ul.ie.

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Scholarships
The UL40 Mature Student Scholarship Scheme offers 10 scholarships, worth €2,000 each, to first year mature students on a once-off basis. All other scholarships available within UL are available from the UL prospectus. Applications for scholarships are generally made after registering in the University.

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