Undergraduate Income Thresholds and Grant Award Rates

There is Maintenance Grant and Fee Grant funding available to undergraduate students pursuing approved courses within the State.

Maintenance Grant:

Tuition students and students in receipt of a BTEA (Back to Education Allowance) payment are not eligible to receive the maintenance grant.

The maintenance grant is a contribution towards day-to-day living costs and is paid directly to eligible students through nine monthly installments over the course of the academic year. The total amount of grant payable will depend upon the level of a student’s reckonable income. The below table details the thresholds and maintenance payments for undergraduate students (thresholds are in bold).

Maintenance grants are paid at an adjacent and non-adjacent rate. Students must ordinarily reside over 45km from where they intend to study to be eligible for the non-adjacent rate.

Fee Grant:

The fee grant is made up of three elements as follows:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Student Contribution Charge
  • Compulsory Field Trip Expenses

Following registration by a student on their chosen course, their college will determine whether the Free Fees Schemes apply to the course being undertaken and whether the student is eligible for free fees under those schemes, further to which it will be determined that the Fee Grant will cover either the Student Contribution Charge or Tuition Fees, as follows:

  • Student Contribution Charge of €3,000 where the Free Fees Schemes apply to the course and the student is eligible for free fees under those schemes, OR
  • Tuition Fees to a maximum limit of either
    • €6,270 where the Free Fees Schemes do not cover the course, or
    • The full amount of 100% of the EU rate of fee for the course where the Free Fees Schemes apply to the course

In some cases, a student will be eligible for Compulsory Field Trip Expenses if it applies to their course and if there is sufficient funding remaining from the total grant awarded.

 

Compulsory period of study abroad/Period of study on Erasmus:

Students whose course of study includes a compulsory period of study abroad, and those registered in participating higher education institutions who elect to take part in a period of study or work on Erasmus, will continue to receive their maintenance grant payments, where applicable.

 

Rate
Less than 4 dependent children

Between 4 and 7 dependent children

8 or more dependent children
Income Threshold Increase per additional person in college
Special rate of maintenance + Field trip element
+ 100% tuition fees or
100% student contribution
Reckonable income must be under

€23,000
Reckonable income must be under

€23,000
Reckonable income must be under

€23,000
Special Rate Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45Km or Under)


€2375


€2375


€2375
Special Rate Non Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45Km)

€5,915

€5,915

€5,915
100% rate of maintenance + Field trip element
+100% tuition fees or
100% student contribution
Reckonable income must be under

€39,875
Reckonable income must be under

€43,810
Reckonable income must be under

€47,575



+€4,830
100% Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45Km or Under)

€1,215

€1,215

€1,215
100% Non Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45km)

€3,025

€3025

€3,025
75% rate of maintenance + Field trip element
+100% tuition fees or
100% student contribution
Reckonable income must be under

€40,970
Reckonable income must be under

€45,025
Reckonable income must be under

€48,890



+€4,670
75% Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45Km or Under)

€910

€910

€910
75% Non Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45km)

€2,270

€2,270

€2,270
50% rate of maintenance + Field trip element
+100% tuition fees or
100% student contribution
Reckonable income must be under

€43,380
Reckonable income must be under

€47,670
Reckonable income must be under

€51,760



+€4,670
50% Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45Km or Under)

€605

€605

€605
50% Non Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45km)

€1,515

€1,515

€1,515
25% rate of maintenance + Field trip element
+100% tuition fees or
100% student contribution
Reckonable income must be under

€45,790
Reckonable income must be under

€50,325
Reckonable income must be under

€54,630



+€4,670
25% Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45Km or Under)

€305

€305

€305
25% Non Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45km)

€755

€755

€755
No maintenance
50% tuition fees or 100% student contribution
Reckonable income must be under
€49,840
Reckonable income must be under
€54,765
Reckonable income must be under
€59,455


+€4,830

No maintenance
50% student contribution
Reckonable income must be under
€54,240
Reckonable income must be under
€59,595
Reckonable income must be under
€64,700


+€4,830