There’s a lot to think about when going to college. Financial support is one of the big ones. Each year Crosscare Youth Information service produces a ‘Rough Guide to the Student Grant’. Below is the 2017 version, available for you to download and share freely.
You can download the ‘Rough Guide to Student Grant 2017’ here
There have been a few small changes to the grant for 2017, but for most people the criteria and figures will stay the same. If you are eligible for the ‘Special top-up rate’ the threshold has risen to €23,000. The grant for some Post Graduate students has been reintroduced. Mature students that had previously dropped out of college can now apply for a grant for a plc course and there are changes around counting bursaries and for children of naturalized citizens. More detail about this can be found from the Dept of Education or you can click on this link to view their recent announcement of the scheme.
Our guide will give you a basic introduction to the grant, mainly around the types of questions we get mostly get asked about, including the thresholds, figures and eligibility criteria.
Some of the other costs of going to college:
- PLC Programme Participant Contribution of €200 per year for Level 5/6 (Colleges for Further Ed). You are exempt from this if you qualify for The Student Grant.
- Student Contribution of up to €3,000 per year for Level 7/8 (ITs/ Universities). You are exempt from this if you are eligible for The Student Grant.
- Fee for student facilities e.g. internet, services
- Exam fees
- Costs for specific courses e.g. Art material for design courses, – some course material can cost over €2,000
- Travel Costs
If you are having any difficulty with any of the student grant process, whether that s uncertainty about one part of the application, or you would like us to sit with you and help complete the full application form, then we are happy to help with that difficulty.
You can give us a call, contact us via social media or email. We also have offices in Bray and Arklow where you can meet an information worker, but we can also make arrangements to visit other parts of the county to meet with groups or individuals.
A PDF version of the Rough Guide can be downloaded here below