Financial Aid Part Time

What Is the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students?

The Financial Aid Fund provides financial assistance for part-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. It is a seperate amont of monies allocated to part time students that comes under the auspices of the Student Assistance Fund.

The Student Assistance Fund is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

The fund cannot be used for tuition fees related to the course you are undertaking and is specifically intended to help students with the living costs associated with attending college.

Who Can Apply For The Financial Aid Fund?

All part-time students (subject to EU status), registered on courses that lead to a higher education award (NFQ level 6-10), for the 2020/21 academic year will be eligible to apply for assistance from the fund.

However students pursuing a programme at the same or lower level than a qualification they already possess are ineligible to apply. Students may be supported for one repeat year only. PhD applicants may be supported for years 1 – 4 only.

This financial aid fund, as directed by the HEA, is primarily targeted at lone parents or members of the other access target groups. However, any eligible part-time student who is facing financial difficulty should consider applying to the fund.

The target access groups includes those who identify as:

Lone Parent                                   ¨

Irish Traveller                                ¨

Teen Parent                                  ¨

First time entrant to college           ¨

Low Income Household                ¨

Student with disability                   ¨

Socially Disadvantaged Area          ¨

Non-Manual/Unskilled Worker     ¨


How Do I Make an Application?

  • You must complete the Financial Aid Fund assessment tool as it forms a mandatory part of your application to the Financial Aid Fund.
  • You are required to login using your UCC student details (your UCC student admin portal details - umail and pasword).
  • When the assessment tool is completed and submitted, an email will be sent to your UCC umail account with the list of financial documentation required for your application based on the answers you have given to the various questions asked. This is a guide only.
  • You must then fill out the Financial Aid Fund application online form, attach a screenshot of the Assessment Tool email output and the relevant financial documentation for your household situation.
  • If you are unable to complete the assessment tool due to your unique situation, believe that the guidance produced from the assessment tool varies from your actual situation, had a change of circumstances, travelled or worked abroad or have a complex situation, then you need to make an appointment to meet us online at our Contact us section. 


What If I Have Any Questions About The Form Or The Process?

All queries on the application form can be answered by first reading the information on this website.

Any additional questions can be emailed to the Administrator:



To make an appointment please Contact us

Student Financial Supports and Advice