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Financial Assistance

ONLINE APPLICATION - This application must be completed online and all relevant backup documentation must be sent to ug_hardship@tcd.ie - No applications will be processed until all relevant backup documents have been received.

 

IMPORTANT : Students who qualify and are awarded financial assistance are paid directly into their bank accounts. Please ensure that you have entered your bank details in your myTCD.ie.
Full instructions on how to do this are available here (This will open in powerpoint presentation).

 

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, there are some supports within the College that you can apply for.  The Student Support Officer (Helen Richardson) in the Senior Tutor’s Office is responsible for financial assistance for undergraduate students in TCD. Backup documentation must be emailed to ug_hardship@tcd.ie

Qualifying criteria for financial assistance are approved annually by the Board of the College.  The Financial Assistance Committee reserves the right to reduce the approved awards, should pressure on the funds require this course of action.

All applications are treated in confidence, and are considered anonymously by the Financial Assistance Committee.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply, you can make an appointment with the Student Support Officer to discuss your situation.

 

Who is entitled to Financial Help?

 

All applications are means tested.  If you are a dependent student (under 23 when commencing in College) you will be required to submit financial backup documentation for your parents/guardian (P21 statement for the previous year is essential).  A full list of required supporting documentation is contained in the Student Assistance application process.  Only full-time registered students can normally apply for financial assistance.  No financial assistance is available to assist with fees/registration costs. If you are not satisfied with the outcome from your application, you should in the first instance contact the Student Support Officer to discuss your situation. If you are still not satisfied, the Student Support Officer will provide you with information on taking an appeal.

 

How much should I expect to receive?

 

Amounts given to students vary depending on the amount awarded to the fund in any given year and also the household income and outgoings (such as rent/mortgage or childcare), as this is the fairest way to distribute the fund.  Financial Assistance awards are split into two payments, the first is given in Term 1 and the second instalment normally in Term 2.  Final year Nursing & Midwifery students only receive 1st instalment as they are on paid placement after Christmas.

If you apply late in the term (Michaelmas Term), closer to Christmas or in the New Year, you may only be entitled to one payment.  The reason for this is that the funds are limited and we are unable to backdate any payments.

 

Types of Financial Assistance available:

 

There are a number of different types of financial assistance available. Below is a list of financial assistance that you can apply for through the Senior Tutor's Office. Further information is available when you click on the link.

  1. Financial Assistance for Undergraduate Students only

  2. Sports Waivers - ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT ARE IN RECEIPT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE or SOLE FAMILY INCOME IS ON SOCIAL WELFARE. Deadline for application - Friday 7th April 2018 (no applications will be accepted after this date)

  3. Trinity Trust Field Trip Grant

  4. Trinity Trust Placement Grant

  5. Benefactions/Bursaries



Financial Assistance Funds:

 

In order to be eligible to apply for financial assistance, you must be registered on a full-time undergraduate course of not less than one year’s duration. This assistance is in addition to the Student Grant (SUSI) however unlike the student grant schemes, you cannot be considered for financial assistance prior to registration. 

 

The Student Assistance Fund is funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2014-2020. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties. 

 

The Student Hardship Fund - This fund is funded by College, donations and TCD Association and Trust. The TCD Association and Trust provides grant support for a wide variety of Student Societies, Staff and College projects where funding is not available from mainstream resources, contributing significantly to, and enriching, the life of the College. One of the main sources of funding for the TCD Association and Trust comes from the TCD Affinity Credit Card. With over 10,000 cardholders to date, a percentage of the annual turnover on these cards is donated back to College by Bank of Ireland.


Student requiring financial assistance to help with tuition fees or registration fees cannot be considered under the Student Assistance Fund.  If you came to college through Trinity Access Programme (TAP, HEAR or Foundation courses) you should apply directly to the Trinity Access Programme for financial assistance. 

Postgraduate students should contact the Postgraduate Advisory Service (pgsupp@tcd.ie). 

Students participating in part-time courses are not eligible to apply for student assistance. Applications are means-tested, and must be accompanied by supporting income-related documentation. 

 

Sports Waiver
Application Form
Sports centre fees (€120 in 2017/18) may be waived in cases where the student’s sole income is through social welfare payments or for students who have qualified for financial assistance ONLY.  If you received financial assistance in the previous year from the Senior Tutor's Office, you do not need to reapply for the Sports Waiver, you will automatically receive the waiver.

Trinity Trust Field Trip Grant

Application Form
Trinity Trust provides support annually for compulsory field trips in particular for Geology, Geography, Botany and Zoology.  This support is means tested and backup documentation must be included with the application form.  No application form will be assessed until all the backup documentation has been received. No awards are normally given until you have completed your Field Trip. The full amount of the field trip is not covered. Back to top

Trinity Trust Placement Grant
Application Form
Trinity Trust provides support annually for additional costs which are sometimes incurred by students when on placements.  This additional support is means tested and is for students who are in financial hardship only.  All applications must include backup documentation as specified in the application form and will not be considered if this is not submitted.  Financial Assistance is normally only given after the placement is finished and receipts have been submitted for the additional costs. Back to top


Bursaries that you may be eligible for:

Application Form

There are a number of Bursaries/prizes/awards that you may be eligible for.  The following is a list of the Bursaries that you can apply for through the Student Support Officer in the Senior Tutor’s Office.  Please read the criteria in each bursary to ensure you are eligible.  You need to complete an application form to apply for each Bursary/Award. Please complete a seperate application form for each Bursary you are applying for. Do not use the same application form for a number of bursaries. Back to top


JOHN F. CHAMBERS – LENNOX BURSARY
John F. Chambers, B.A., B.SC. (1948) was a mature student from Sligo who worked at night to pay for his studies at Trinity College. The shareholders and staff of Lennox Laboratory Supplies, together with his family and friends, have endowed a bursary dedicated to John’s memory. An annual award will be made to one or more needy students studying science. Applications should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor not later than 31 October. Value, €1,904.60. Back to top

DOWNES EXHIBITION

This exhibition is awarded by the Department of Religions and Theology, in consultation with the Financial Assistance Committee, to a student of narrow means pursuing the course in world religions and theology. Application should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor using the financial assistance application form no later than 31 January. Value, €2,000.

LAW STUDENTS’ QUATERCENTENARY FUND

This fund was established in 1992 by a gift from solicitor graduates of the College, through Mr Adrian P. Bourke, then President of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. The income is available to assist students studying law who may be in need of financial assistance. Application should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor using the financial assistance application form no later than 31 January. The award will be made by the Law School in consultation with the Senior Tutor’s Office. Back to top

MACKAY WILSON FUND

This fund was established in 1913 by Robert Mackay Wilson and his wife Elizabeth Jackson Wilson for the benefit of women students of limited means resident at Trinity Hall. Grants are made to one female student of good character each year, and for one year only. A student may not receive a grant from this fund until she has completed the first year of her course in the University. Applications must be supported by a recommendation from the applicant’s tutor.
Application in the first instance should be made through the Senior Tutor not later than 31 May.

MINCHIN BURSARY

This bursary was established in 1982 from a bequest received under the will of G. R. N. Minchin (see also Minchin prize). Undergraduate students of the College (except those reading mathematics and/or physics) are eligible to apply for the bursary, which is awarded annually in three parts in Hilary term. Applications should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor not later than 31 January. The awards will be made by a committee consisting of the Senior Dean, the Senior Tutor, the Junior Dean, and the Head of Sport and Recreation. In making the awards, the committee will have regard to the criteria of academic merit, athletic prowess, and financial need. If no applications are received, the committee will consult with the Financial Assistance Committee with a view to finding suitable candidates. No student may hold the award more than once. Value of each part €2,000. Back to top

JEAN MONTGOMERY FUND

This fund was established in 1950 by subscription in memory of Miss Jean Montgomery, Lady Superintendent of the Kitchen 1919-48. Free commons for two undergraduate students of narrow means is provided.
Application in the first instance should be made through the Senior Tutor not later than the last working day of May.

FREDERICK PURSER UNDERGRADUATES’ FUND

This fund was established in 1911 by gifts from John Purser Griffith and Mrs Griffith in memory of Frederick Purser, Fellow 1879-1910, with the object of helping some Sophister students of limited means who have shown promise in their previous course, so as to enable them to derive the most benefit possible from the teaching of the Sophister years, whether in arts or in the professional schools, and to save them as far as may be, from being compelled to divert their energies into other activities in order to obtain the necessary means of livelihood.
Application in the first instance should be made through the Senior Tutor no later than 31 January. Back to top

OWEN SHEEHY SKEFFINGTON MEMORIAL AWARDS

This fund was established in 1973 from funds contributed in memory of Dr Owen Sheehy Skeffington. The annual award takes the form in alternate years of a maintenance grant (2015) and a travelling scholarship (2016) of approximately €2,000. The maintenance grant will be awarded to a Senior Freshman or Junior Sophister student of French in Trinity College, criteria for the award being a combination of academic promise and financial need. For details of the travelling scholarship see Miscellaneous Awards.
Application in the first instance should be made to the Head of French.

STUDENT PARENT GROUP – JACKIE AKERELE FUND

This fund was established in 2006 from monies contributed by her family, colleagues and friends in memory of Jackie Akerele with the object of helping student parents with childcare expenses or facing unforeseen difficulties.
Application should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor no later than 31 January. The awards will be made by the Senior Tutor and the Student Support Officer in the Senior Tutor’s Office, on recommendation from the student’s tutor. The main criteria will be the student’s financial situation and childcare needs. If no applications are received, the Financial Assistance Committee will be consulted with a view to finding a suitable candidate. Value, one or more awards with a total value of €700. Back to top

TAVERNERS’ CRICKET SPORTS BURSARY

This bursary was established in 1993 by the Museum Players and other Taverners’ cricketers on the basis of funds raised during the quatercentenary year. One bursary of €356 will be awarded each year to a needy student, preferably one who has demonstrated sporting prowess within the University. Applications in the first instance should be made through the Senior Tutor, not later than 31 January. The award will be made after consultation with a representative of the Museum Players, the Senior Tutor and the Head of Sport and Recreation.

JOHN BENNETT FUND

This fund was established in 1957 by a bequest from Mrs C. P. Bennett in memory of her husband, formerly headmaster of the High School, Dublin. The accruing interest is paid annually to a deserving student, nominated by the Governors of the Erasmus Smith Schools, who must have been a pupil of the High School continuously for three years prior to entering the College. Interested students should contact the High School directly. Value, €750 a year. Back to top

Call or Drop In:
If you are experiencing financial difficulty, it is important to apply for financial assistance.  Don't hesitate to drop into the Senior Tutor's Office or email Helen Richardson for further information and advice.

Contact Details:
Mrs. Helen Richardson, Student Support Officer (helen.richardson@tcd.ie) or telephone 01-8961095
Mr. Donncha Millane, Executive Officer (stosec@tcd.ie) or telephone 01-8962551

Useful websites:

Student Finance Website - http://www.studentfinance.ie/

SUSI website (for all information on grants) -
http://susi.custhelp.com/app/home

The Senior Tutor’s Office gratefully acknowledges the support received from:
Trinity Foundation, Private Benefactors, ESF/HEA, The SU and College which enables us to offer financial assistance to students in need.


Last updated 9 October 2017 Senior Tutor Office (Email).