Financial Aid Part Time

Attention: Financial Aid Part Time Fund is now closed

Attention: Financial Aid Part Time Fund is now closed

Please be aware that the Financial Aid Part Time Fund 2020/21 is now closed. New applications will not be accepted. Applications submitted prior and that are deemed incomplete after this date will not progress further.

If you experiencing financial hardship, it is advised that you contact UCCs dedicated Budgetary Advisor on 


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 amount 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 2021/22 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     ¨


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 and make and appointment through the Student Assistance Fund Apointments 

What Income Do You Assess?

ALL STUDENTS must complete the Financial Aid Part Time Fund Assessment Tool prior to submitting their online application. The Assessment tool will guide you in what documentation you will need to upload alongside your online application. While assessing your  Financial Aid Part Time Fund application, we will take into account income for the previous calendar year. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some factors that we consider:

  • Whether or not you are living with your parents
  • Your age on 01 January of the first year of entry to your present course of study
  • Your financial independence

What Can The Award Monies Be Used For?

There is no longer a requirement to submit receipts to receive your award. The new simplified procedure will be explained if you are successful in your application for funding.

The following items are allowable types of expenditure for the Part Time Financial Aid Fund:


Class materials


Travel of an urgent or essential nature

Food, Heat & Light

Childcare Expenses

Medical expenses

Expenses associated with bereavement

Compulsory study abroad

Expenses associated with family breakdown

Expenses assoc from accidents


Student Financial Supports and Advice