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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 21/22
  • 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. 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 2021. 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 lambean@tcd.ie.
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

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 lambean@tcd.ie. 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
    • 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
    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 studentfinance.ie.
  • 1916 Bursary

    Leinster Pillar I Cluster 1916 Bursary 2021-2022

    Applications for the 1916 Bursary Fund 2021-2022 will open on 13 September until Friday 15 October 2021, 5pm. Late applications will not be considered


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


    Bursaries are awarded for eligible students in the following Higher Education Institutions: Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT); National College of Art and Design (NCAD); Marino Institute of Education (MIE); Trinity College Dublin (TCD); the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI); and University College Dublin (UCD). There is a central online application process for the Leinster Pillar I Cluster which is administered by UCD on behalf of the other five institutions. That means that there is one application for all six HEIs.

    What’s the value of the 1916 Bursary?

    The following are the proposed allocation and conditions of the 1916 Bursary Awards for Academic Year 2021/22 in Leinster Pillar I. There are three different types of bursaries available:

    Tier 1:  €5,000 per year.
    Tier 2:  €2,000 per year.
    Tier 3:  Awardees will receive a once-off bursary of €1,500 for the academic year 2021-22 only (number TBC). This applies to both full and part-time students. 

    Tier 1 and Tier 2 bursaries will also be payable to students as they progress into postgraduate studies. This means that students already in receipt of the 1916 Bursary who are completing their undergraduate studies in 2020/21 will be entitled to continue to receive a bursary for postgraduate study.


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    Eligibility Criteria


    Applicants must be:

    • A new entrant pursuing an undergraduate course for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year.
    • Eligible for the Special Rate of SUSI grant (Family income of €24,500) and/or
    • In receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection means-tested payment
    • Have been a resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years
    • Be studying an approved full-time or part-time undergraduate course in one of the HEIs from the Leinster Pillar I cluster.

    And be from one of the under-represented groups at higher education, including: 

    • Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education (i.e. either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) means-tested social welfare payment)
    • First-time mature students (23 or older on 1 January of their year of entry to higher education)
    • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Irish Travellers
    • Entering on the basis of a further education award
    • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
    • Ethnic Minorities
    • Refugees

    Information for 1916 Bursary Awardees progressing to Postgraduate study in 2021/22.

    • For those who are 1916 Bursary awardees and who have successfully completed their undergraduate programme they will be entitled to apply to have their bursary renewed for postgraduate study in 2021/22.
    • The programme has to be an approved postgraduate programme that takes no less than one year to complete and is provided by a higher education institution part of the Cluster.
    • I wish to pursue a postgraduate programme in the same college where I completed my undergraduate programme, what will I do?
    • A 1916 Bursary recipient wishing to progress to postgraduate level will be expected to formally notify the HEI of their intention to progress to postgraduate in order to renew their bursary.
    • What is the value of the Bursary for 1916 awardees progressing to Postgraduate study?
    • A postgraduate bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per year (Tier 1) and €2,000 per year (Tier 2) for both full-time and part-time students.

    How to apply
    There is one central application process for Leinster Pillar I cluster Higher Education Institutes (IADT, NCAD, MIE, TCD, RCSI and UCD). To apply for this scholarship, you need to submit an online application form through Microsoft forms. Please check the applicant guide as you may need to submit supporting documentation. Applications for 2021/2022 will open at 1pm on 13 September 2021.


    -Student Finance Information workshops will take place 15th-17th September during Orientation.
    -Click here to see the applicants guide.

    Where do I send my supporting documentation?


    There is a central online application process for the Leinster Pillar I Cluster which is administered by UCD on behalf of the other five institutions. All supporting documentation must be sent to ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie by 15 October 2021, 5 pm. Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible.

    Application Timeline

    Application opening date:                       13 September 2021
    Application closing date:                         15th October 2021 by 5:00 pm
    Conditional Offers Issued                       TBC

    Appeals


    Would you like to appeal the outcome decision?
    The Leinster Pillar I cluster is committed to ensuring all applications are assessed fairly, accurately and according to the published guidelines. Appeals can be made by emailing ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie. Appeals will be independently reviewed on the grounds that the information provided was considered, assessed and scored 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 closing date for appeals will be announced after the 15 of October 2021.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    What is this Bursary?
    A. The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) through the Leinster Pillar I cluster of Higher Education Institutions – Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT); National College of Art and Design (NCAD); Marino Institute of Education (MIE); Trinity College Dublin (TCD); the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD).


    What does a central online application process mean?
    All the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that are part of the Leinster Pillar I cluster have jointly developed a pilot common application system for the 1916 Bursary 1916, for the 2021/22.That means that all the Bursary applications for all the above HEIs will be administered by UCD. The Bursary will be awarded by the HEI you applied.


    How many Bursaries will be awarded in the Leinster Pillar I cluster?

     
    Tier 1 Bursaries (€5,000 per year): 43
    Tier 2 Bursaries (€2,000 per year): 20
    Tier 3 Bursaries: To be Confirmed.
    Each HEI will have a number of bursaries (TBC)


    If I am successful, for how many years will I be eligible to receive the Bursary?
    The 1916 Bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full-time undergraduate students and six years for part-time undergraduate students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.


    How do I apply?
    There is one central application process for Leinster Pillar I cluster higher educations (IADT, NCAD, MIE, TCD, RCSI and UCD). To apply for this scholarship, you need to submit an online application form through Microsoft forms. Please check the applicant guide as you may need to submit supporting documentation. Applications for 2021/2022 will open on 13 September 2021.


    If I am awarded the 1916 Bursary, how will I be paid? 
    You will be paid by electronic payment to your bank account. 

    Can I get the 1916 Bursary and any other Scholarship or Gant? 
    No. You can get the 1916 Bursary with your SUSI, social welfare and you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund but not any other grant. 


    Who can apply for this Bursary?
    The 1916 Bursary is for students who can demonstrate that are socio-economic disadvantaged and be from at least one of the following equity groups:

    • Socio-Economic groups that have low participation in higher education. (I.e., either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or be in receipt of DSP means-tested Social Welfare payment)
    • First-time mature students
    • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are deaf/hard of hearing, who are blind or visually impaired
    • Irish Travellers
    • Entering on the basis of a further education award
    • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
    • Ethnic Minorities
    • Refugees

    Students need to meet the residency and current immigration status or have leave to remain.


    Students must be entering higher education in 2021. Programmes must be greater than two years in duration and to be complete in one of the Leinster Pillar I cluster Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)


    I am a postgraduate student who was not awarded the 1916 Bursary Fund previously. Can I apply for this Bursary? 
    No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open for the first time, new entrants pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year. 


    I am a continuing student who meets the criteria for the 1916 Bursary Fund. Can I apply? 
    A. No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open for the first time, new entrants pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year. 


    Will the 1916 Bursary Fund affect my SUSI Grant? 
    No, students will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the student grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions of the student grant scheme.

    Will the 1916 Bursary affect my Social Welfare payment? 
    No. The 1916 Bursary Fund does not affect your means-tested or other payments from the Department of Social Protection.

     
    I applied, but I was not eligible for the Bursary. Are there any other financial supports available? 
    Yes. Each institution has funds to support students experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the Access Service of the college you applied to find out about financial supports available. Click here to find information about some of the various support schemes available for registered TCD Students.


    How will applications be assessed?
    Your application will be assessed based on the information provided on the application form and the provided supporting documentation. The applications will be assessed by the 1916 assessment panel, which is made up of nominees from the Leinster Pillar 1 HEIS


    When will I be told the outcome of my application?
    Applicants will be informed of the outcome six to seven weeks after the online application closing date. 


    When will my bursary be awarded?
    Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer. The offer of a bursary is conditional and is subject to the following terms and conditions being met:

    • That you secure a place on a course in your chosen HEI and achieve the required academic standard to maintain your place. In the event that you are no longer undertaking a course in one of the above HEIs, our bursary will be withdrawn.
    • That you confirm your socio-economic eligibility by providing either:
      • Consent for UCD to verify with SUSI that you are in receipt of the Special Rate OR 
      • Written confirmation of a current means-tested payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
      • Leinster Pillar 1 reserves the right to obtain updated documentation from you through the term of the bursary and should your financial circumstances change the Leinster Pillar 1 reserves the right to withdraw the bursary.
      • The 1916 bursaries for all the above institutions will be awarded at a ceremony.


    Who can I contact with any queries?
    Please contact us by email at ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie  if the query is in relation to the bursary. Please contact the HEI you applied if your question is regarding any other matter.


    The PATH 2 1916 Implementation Guidelines 2021/2022 are available here 
    Privacy Statement click here

     


    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 2021. 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