Student Supports


The Department of Education & Science publishes a free booklet every year entitled ‘Financial Support for Further and Higher Education’. A copy is available from their Student Support Unit on 0506-21363 or 01-8734700. This booklet has information on different schemes and also contains the phone numbers of all VECs. provides comprehensive and user-friendly information on the range of financial support schemes and programmes available to full-time further and higher education students.

Grants must be applied for online before here


Student Grants

Student grant aid is availabe should the student meet the criteria set out by the government. Detailed information can be found on Student Grant Scheme- Citizens Information .

The student support eligability can be checked on


AHEAD Funding

Students that meet certain criteria may be eligible for AHEAD funding.  This funding provides students wtih the opportunity of some additional support should they have learning difficulties.