Check Your Eligibility

To be eligible for support under the Fund for Students with Disabilities, a learner on an approved course must meet all the following conditions:

  • Have a verifiable disability in one or more of the categories as outlined below;
  • As a result of the disability have a need for specific supports and/or assistance arising from study or attendance on the chosen course;
  • Meet the Residency and Nationality/Immigration Status as outlined below.


In order to be eligible for support under the Fund, a student must be legally resident in Ireland for at least 3 of the 5 years up to the day before her/his approved course commences in an approved institution. If the student does not qualify at the beginning of your course, it is possible for her/him to meet this requirement during the course of her/his studies; reviewed at the beginning of an academic year.


To qualify the student must be either:
  • an Irish national,
  • a national of another EU Member State, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland:

Immigration Status

If one of the nationality categories above does not apply, then the student will need to have:
  • been declared a refugee under the Refugees Act 1996, or
  • admitted to Ireland as a Programme Refugee, or
  • permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of a refugee under section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996, or
  • been granted subsidiary protection under the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006, or
  • permission in writing to enter and reside in Ireland under Regulation 16 of the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006, or
  • permission to remain in the State as a family member of a European Union, EEA or Swiss citizen under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 and EU Directive (EU Treaty Rights provisions), or
  • permission to remain because of marriage or civil partnership with an Irish national or because you are the dependent child of such person, or
  • humanitarian leave to remain granted before the Immigration Act 1999 came into effect, or
  • permission to remain in Ireland following a decision not to deport you under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999.

Eligible students need not be exclusively those in the first year of a course in 2010-11 (i.e. some students with a disability may not present with a request for supports for the first time until the second or subsequent year of their course). 

Categories of Disability

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger's Syndrome)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Blind/Visual Impairment
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Mental Health Condition
  • Neurological Condition
  • Neurologically-based Speech, Language or Communication condition
  • Significant Ongoing Illness
  • Physical Disability
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia)
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia or Dyscalculia)
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