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Student Financial Support

Recognising that affordability can be a barrier to a obtaining a Degree, the Tertiary Degree pathway helps to remove some of those funding barriers. To assist, we have highlighted some of the support and help to students who are taking a Tertiary Degree.

One benefit of studying for a degree through the Tertiary Degree pathway, is that there are no tuition fees or student contribution fees for the duration of the education delivered by the ETB. The Free Fees Initiative and student contribution arrangements will apply to the duration of tuition delivered by the Higher Education Institutions on the Tertiary Degree. Students will have to meet eligibility criteria of the Free Fees Initiative while undertaking the higher education part of programme, otherwise the standard student contribution arrangements will apply.

Tertiary students are eligible to apply for SUSI grants for the duration of the education delivered by both the Education and Training Board and Higher Education Institution subject to the normal eligibility criteria. There is also various funding available for those returning to full time education: including funding for students with disabilities, student assistance funding and back to education allowances.  The HEA website has further detail on this.

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