Students Studying Outside the State

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If you have not already done so, you should use our Eligibility Reckoner below to give you an idea if you meet the criteria to receive Student Grant funding. (The Eligibility Reckoner will give an indication only and does not guarantee your eligibility for a grant). The Maintenance Grant is the only funding available to Undergraduate Students pursuing approved courses outside the Irish State. For those studying outside the state please also note that funding is available for Undergraduate Study only (except for postgraduate courses in four approved institutions in Northern Ireland).


To be eligible for a grant you must qualify under the following criteria:

Nationality and Residency:

  • You must be an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss National or have specific leave to remain in the State. More info
  • You must be ordinarily resident in Ireland, the EU, EEA or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years. If you were resident outside the State, it could affect the type of funding you could receive. More info


  • You must be progressing in your education (increasing your NFQ level). More info
  • You must be attending an approved course in an approved institution. More info


  • Who is included in the calculation of your income for grant purposes depends on which class of applicant you are, dependent or independent.  Please note that applicants who apply under the incorrect class will have their applications cancelled and will need to apply again.
  • Your reckonable income (income calculated for grant purposes) must fall under the specified thresholds. This income will be a factor in determining what type of funding you could receive. More info

Maximum periods of grant assistance:

  • Funding is only available to students at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level for a certain amount of years and depends on their previous education. More info


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