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Financial Assistance

Trinity Access gratefully acknowledges the invaluable financial support received for this initiative from the European Social Fund and a range of individual and corporate donors. There are four separate types of financial assistance which Trinity Access students may be eligible for:
  • Trinity Access Student Assistance Fund (ESF/SAF)
  • Trinity Access Student Scholarship Fund - for incoming Junior Fresh students only
  • 1916 Bursary - Only incoming Junior Fresh students will be eligible in 22/23
  • Asylum Seeker Access Provision (ASAP) Scholarship
"Trinity Access 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 Trinity Access - Pearse, Plunket, Liberties and Rathmines Colleges of Further Education
  • Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

Student Assistance Fund (ESF/SAF)

The Student Assistance Fund (ESF/SAF) is managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. (ESF+ 2021-2027) 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 (593kB) and the "HEA - Money Worries and Education" flyer (774kB). Applications will open in September 2022. If you have any questions about the Student Assistance Fund or would like the application link please contact your Trinity Access advisor or contact Annemarie Lambe at 01 896 2751 or
The Student Assistance Fund is managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. (ESF+ 2021-2027)

Trinity Access Student Scholarship Fund

  • Trinity Access 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 Trinity Access students who meet specific criteria as detailed in the scholarship guidelines. Scholarships amount to approximately €1,000 per annum, subject to the terms and conditions listed below. Trinity Access scholarship applications are only open for incoming first-year students only. For more information please contact Annemarie Lambe at Students who are successful in their scholarship application will be required to commit to the following:
    • Providing an annual 300-word essay/ personal statement that outlines their course of study, extra-curricular activities, and the scholarship's impact
    • Attend scholarship induction and consider becoming a TAP Ambassador 
    • Students who discontinue their course of study are obliged to notify the scholarship coordinator immediately
    • 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
    • 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
    • All Scholarships are paid via bank transfer monthly from November to May. 
    • Students can only be in receipt of one Scholarship or Bursary in the event they are awarded multiple Scholarships they will be awarded the one with the highest value. 
    • Scholarship recipients are not prioritised for the general ESF/SAF Bursary.  However, they can apply through ESF/SAF for assistance with placement and parent payments.
    A brief description of the scholarships available from alumni, private donors and corporate funds is available upon request. Further information on financial support available to those attending higher education is available at
  • 1916 Bursary

    Applications have now closed for 2022/23.

    What is the 1916 Bursary?

    The 1916 Bursary is a financial award to encourage the participation and success of students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education.

    The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) and aims to encourage participation and success by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and from groups most under-represented in higher education.

    To be eligible for a 1916 Bursary, all applicants must meet, Financial, Priority Group and College Entry eligibility criteria.

    Each participating college has a limited number of bursaries which are awarded to the eligible applicants that present the greatest need.

    How much is the 1916 Bursary worth?

    Tier 1: €5,000 per annum. In 2022, Tier 1 Bursaries will be awarded to a total of 253 new entrant undergraduate students for the duration of their studies.

    Tier 2: €2,000 per annum. In 2022, Tier 2 Bursaries were awarded to a total of 121 new entrant undergraduate students for the duration of their studies. Tier 2 Bursaries will be awarded to applicants who meet the criteria for the 1916 Bursary but who did not ultimately qualify for a Tier 1 bursary.

    Tier 3: Once-Off Bursary (€1,500 payable for 2022/23 academic year only). The number of Tier 3 bursaries to be paid will depend on the amount of remaining funding available to

    each cluster following the allocation of Tier 1 and 2 bursaries (including for continuing students and students progressing to postgraduate study).

    Tier 1 and 2 bursaries will also be paid as students progress into postgraduate study. This means that students already in receipt of a 1916 Bursary and who are completing their undergraduate studies will be entitled to continue to receive their bursary for postgraduate study. Additional details are provided by the PATH 2 HEA guidelines

    Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?

    Any students entering year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in the academic year (2022/23), full or part-time, with a household reckonable income less than €24,500 in 2021, who are in the identified priority groups, can apply for the bursary. Students who are entering directly to year 2 of a programme can also apply.

    What is the criteria to apply?

    To see if you may be eligible to apply for a 1916 Bursary, please see the Criteria Quick Check at

    If I am unsuccessful, can I appeal?

    Yes. Full details on making an appeal will be provided to all applicants who are initially unsuccessful in their applications.

    There will be an Independent Appeals Panel to ensure your application was assessed fairly and in line with the criteria. An appeal must be made before the closing date. The appeal process will open on 21st November 2022 and will close on 28th November. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified on 21st November including information on how to make an appeal.

    The appeals procedure is in respect of process only i.e., that you believe an administrative error was made.

    No new information can be included or considered at appeal stage.

    Appeals must be completed online within before the closing date.

    Appeals will be independently reviewed on the grounds that the information provided was considered, assessed, and ranked correctly. The information submitted in the online application and the supporting documentation received will be used in consideration of the appeal. It will not be possible to submit further documentation at the appeal stage.

    The decision of the 1916 Bursary Appeals Board is final.

    There are a number of supports available to assist you with completing your application:

    • Check the Frequently Asked Questions webpage to see if your query is dealt with there
    • There is also the 1916 Bursary Applicant Guidelines – clearly explaining the application process step by step
    • Please see the Application Explainer video for an overview of the entire application process
    • There is clear guidance provided throughout the online application form.
    • Each of the Participating Colleges have a contact email for applicants to follow up with before and during the application process.   The contact email for applicants from Trinity College is

    The PATH 2 1916 Implementation Guidelines 2022/2023 are available here 
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    Asylum Seeker Access Provision (ASAP) Scholarship

  • Trinity College Dublin is offering four Asylum Seeker Access Provision (ASAP) scholarships for students in direct provision who have studied in the Irish second-level school system, have or intend to have taken the Leaving Certificate or further education qualifications, and are offered a place in Trinity through the CAO in 2022. Read full details here.
  • Laidlaw Pathways for Women in Business

  • Pathways for Women in Business – Empowering women in business through higher education is a new Trinity Access initiative in partnership with the Laidlaw Foundation, that aims to help the most disadvantaged, excluded, and disempowered women in their engagement with higher education and sustainable careers. Read full details here.
  • The Student Assistance Fund is managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science