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 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 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.


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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?

  • Applying for the Financial Aid Part-Time fund is a two-part process

  • First, you must complete the Financial Aid Part Time Fund Assessment Tool as it forms a mandatory part of your application (this is not your application) to the Financial Aid Part Time Fund. 

  • Secondly, you must complete the Online Application Form and upload the pdf output from our Assessment Tool.

    A quick guide to using the Financial Aid Part Time Fund assessment tool:

    • Log in using your UCC student details (your UCC student admin portal details - umail and password).
    • When the FinAid Part-Time assessment tool is completed and submitted, an email will be sent to your UCC umail account with a PDF Attachment containing 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 Part Time online application form, attach a copy out of the SAF Assessment Tool email output and the relevant financial documentation for your household situation.
    • Due to COVID-19, there is no requirement to visit the office in person to submit your application.
    • There is no physical visits permitted to the Student Assistance Fund, but online consultations can be requested via the section of this website. We do not accept applications by email.

    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, traveled or worked abroad, or have a complex situation, then you need to make an appointment to meet us online at: 

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 

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