Fund for Students with Disabilities

 

Is the Fund for Students with Disabilities means-tested?
No, applicants to the Fund for Students with Disabilities do not have to undergo a means test. All applications are assessed on the nature of the disability and the impact of the disability on the student’s educational participation.

I am in receipt of Disability Allowance/Disability Benefit from the Department of Social and Family Affairs and am enrolled in an approved course. Can I apply to the Fund for Students with Disabilities?
Yes.

What happens if I get support under the Fund for Students with Disabilities and then am required to repeat a year on an approved course? Am I eligible to apply for support for the repeat year?
Yes.

If my application for the Fund for Students with Disabilities is turned down, can I appeal the decision?
Decisions on applications to the fund can be appealed by your college, who will first consider the possible grounds for an appeal. The applicant cannot make an appeal independently of the college.

I did not receive any additional support by reason of my disability during primary/secondary education. Am I eligible to apply for the Fund for Students with Disabilities?
Yes.

How much money will I receive if my application to the Fund for Students with Disabilities is successful?
The funding allocated under the Fund for Students with Disabilities goes to the college; the money does not go directly to the student. The college is responsible for the management of the funding approved for the student. The level of funding allocated depends on the need.

Can I apply for the Fund for Students with Disabilities if my chosen course is in a college outside the Republic of Ireland?
Students who are pursuing a full-time undergraduate course in a publicly-funded institution within the EU are eligible to apply for the Fund for Students with Disabilities. Postgraduate courses are not covered under the Fund for Students with Disabilities outside the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

If I am studying a postgraduate course in Northern Ireland, can I apply for the Fund for Students with Disabilities?
Students enrolled on full-time postgraduate courses, of a minimum of one year's duration in Queen's University Belfast and University of Ulster, are eligible to apply.

Can I apply for Fund for Students with Disabilities at any time in the academic year?
No. Applications must be submitted by the final closing date. The college should be able to inform you of the closing date.

I have support needs at home as well as at college. Does the Fund for Students with Disabilities cover this?
No. The Fund can only cover the additional support needs arising during college time.

Due to my disability, my accommodation costs are higher than they would otherwise be. Does the Fund for Students with Disabilities provide funding to help with accomodation costs?
No. The other financial assistance schemes featured in studentfinance.ie may be of assistance if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Is the new graduate medical entry course an eligible course under the Fund for Students with Disabilities?
Yes.

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