Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Am I Eligible for a Student Grant?

To be eligible for a grant, you must meet the following eligibility criteria.

Nationality Criteria

You must be an Irish, EU, EEA, UK or Swiss national or have a specific immigration status or leave to remain permission from the Department of Justice.

Residency Criteria

You must have been resident in the Irish State, the EU, EEA, UK or Swiss Federation for three of the last five years. 

Income Criteria

Your total reckonable household income must fall below specific income thresholds.

Previous Education and Progression Criteria

You must be progressing in your education by attending an approved course:

  • that leads to a higher level of qualification than any you may already hold;
  • that is at a higher level than any course you may have previously attended;
  • in which you are progressing from one year to the next and not repeating a year except in exceptional circumstances.

A maximum period of grant assistance is available to you at each level of study. 

Approved Course in an Approved Institution Criteria

You must be attending an approved course in an approved institution.

Remember, while some criteria are common across all categories of further and higher education, others are specific to your student type and the type of course you wish to pursue. Follow the links to each eligibility criteria to find out more and check out our Eligibility Indicator.