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Financial Support


TAP gratefully acknowledges the invaluable financial support received for this initiative from the European Social Fund and a range of individual and corporate donors. Further information on financial support available to those attending higher education is available on

TAP has 2 separate types of financial assistance which TAP students may be eligible for:

  1. TAP Student Assistance Fund (ESF/SAF) - Apply Here
  2. TAP Student Scholarship Fund - for incoming Junior Fresh students only - Apply Here

TAP students are those students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate courses and who have entered Trinity College through one of the following alternative admissions routes:

  • Foundation Course for Higher Education (Young Adults and Mature Students)
  • University Access Course in Liberal Arts CDETB and TAP – Pearse, Plunkett, Liberties and Rathmines Colleges of Further Education
  • Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

TAP Student Assistance Fund (ESF/SAF)
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is funded by the Irish Government and part funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2014-2020. It is intended to provide financial support to disadvantaged students to enable them to benefit fully from their third level studies.

The following are examples of situations for which students can apply for assistance:

Books/ Class Materials Medical Expenses Rent
Heating/ Lighting Bills Family breakdown Food
Essential Travel Bereavement Childcare costs

The following services are NOT eligible for assistance from this fund:

Tuition Fees Registration Fees Loans

For further information on SAF please consult the SAF Guidelines for TAP Students and the SAF Guidelines/HEA.

Please note that you are required to submit your application before the application deadline of October 15th, 2017.

If you have any questions about Student Assistance fund please contact Annemarie Lambe at / 896-2751, your TAP Advisor or Kathleen O’Toole-Brennan at / 896-3590.

TAP Student Scholarship Fund
The Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) receives valuable financial support from a range of private and corporate supporters of Trinity College. This funding enables us to provide a number of corporate scholarships for TAP students who meet specific criteria as detailed in the scholarship guidelines. Scholarships amount to approximately 1,000 euro per annum, subject to the terms and conditions listed below.  The deadline for receipt of online applications is 20th September 2017.

Students who are successful in their scholarship application will be required to commit to the following:

  1. Providing an annual 300 word essay/ personal statement which outlines their course of study, extra-curricular activities, and the impact which the scholarship is making.
  2. Students who discontinue their course of study are obliged to notify the scholarship co-ordinator immediately.
  3. Students may be required to attend brief meetings with the corporate and private donors, to discuss their experience on the course and the impact of the scholarship.
  4. The scholarship award will be reviewed annually. Payment of the scholarship is contingent on the student fulfilling the above requirements and is also subject to the funding being made available from the donors.

A brief description of the scholarships available from alumni, private donors and corporate funds is available within the online application. 

Last updated 12 September 2017 by Trinity Access Programmes (Email).