1916 Bursary

1916 Bursary Information for Academic Year 2018-19

Please read the information below carefully as applications will only be accepted and assessed if correct documentation is supplied at the time of application. Late Applications cannot be accepted under any circumstance.

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. The National Access Plan is working to increase the numbers of students who are currently underrepresented in higher education.

The Bursary is being offered to socio-economically disadvantaged undergraduate students commencing third level education in 2018 (i.e. students who entered 'this' academic year) and 2019 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study.

What higher education institutions will be awarding 1916 Bursaries?

All of the higher education institutions are awarding the Bursaries as regional clusters. The South East cluster is made up of four higher education institutions - University College Cork, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology and Tralee Institute of Technology.  

Important Information

To be considered for the 1916 Bursary, you should first consult this section of the website so you can assess your eligibility and suitability. You then need to make an application to the Student Assistance Fund and in addition to providing all of the documentation required for SAF, you also need then to answer the section titled "1916 Bursary Application - 1st year Undergraduate Only". Only those who have indicated that they belong to multiple target groups as outlined on the application form will be selected to verify their claims and provide additional documentation. Once your application has been deemed eligible for further assessment (this further assessment of your application will not be solely based on the eligible criteria), the emphasis will be on other additional evidence and personal statements that you provide to support your application.

This evidence will further demonstrate your level of need and allow the assessment team to prioritize applications. Examples of this evidence will include such things as letters from agencies, community groups or school references. These will be requested at a later stage of the process but please gather these at the earliest time possible.

Eligibility

Who are the 1916 Bursaries targeted at? 

The Bursaries are targeted at students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the following target groups.

  • Socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education
  • Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment;
  • Irish Travellers;
  • You are a Lone parent in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents);
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees and persons from other ethnic minority groups lawfully present in the State who meet the definition of student in section 14 of the Student Support Act 2011 and regulation 5 of the Student Support Regulations 2017. S.I. No. 126 of 2017);
  • Those who are/were recently in the care of the State / TUSLA;

Other criteria that may be used to rank your application are those who are;

  • Further education award holders;
  • First time, mature student entrants

 

What does “Socio Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary?

This term usually means that you live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage where not many people from that area go on to third level education by tradition or for financial reasons.

  • You may have attended a DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school. 
  • You may be a lone parent or have previously been in the Care of the State/Tusla.
  • Your family income may mean that you are not able to go to college without financial help.
  • You may be from a socio-economic group that is underrepresented in higher education. 
  • All of these factors, either individually or in combination, mean that you may have significant additional social and financial barriers making it difficult to access and succeed in higher education.

 

What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?

Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary to the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme of study.

The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full time students and six years for part time students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.

 

Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary? 

  • Students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the target groups listed above;
  • Student’s household / family income must be less than €45,790. 
  • Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage (i.e. membership of one or more of the categories listed below is not enough in itself).
  • Students must be in Year 1 of their (undergraduate) programme in this academic year (2018/19)
  • Students who are repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year

Students must be attending a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that:

(a) takes not less than two years to complete,

And

(b) on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.

 

Who cannot apply?

  • Postgraduate students
  • Students who have already received a qualification at the same level
  • Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students whose income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €45,790 gross for the family in 2017
  • Students in years other than First Year

 

How will applications be prioritised? 

As it is expected that the number of applications will exceed the number of bursaries available, priority will be given to those applicants who can provide evidence of membership of more than one of the categories listed, the significance and impact of the socio-economic disadvantage and the barriers experienced.

Eligibility for 1916 Bursary and SUSI Grant

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. The 1916 Bursary will be an income disregard for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in the student grant scheme.

Eligibility for 1916 Bursary and other Scholarships

Applicants cannot hold the 1916 Bursary and other scholarships. 

Data Sharing

Data sharing arrangements will be in place between UCC, WIT, CIT and ITT, subject to data protection considerations.

Application Deadline:

Student Assistance Fund Applications must be submitted and deemed fully complete by Novemember 8th 2018 by 4pm to be considered for the 1916 Bursary.

Application Form

Apply by completing the student assistance application form https://www.ucc.ie/en/saf/  

These forms will be available to download from Thursday 27th September 2018 from the above website.

Application Process

To make an application to the 1916 Bursary you must complete an application to the Student Assistance Fund and indicate your intention to apply for the bursary. Applications for the Student Assistance Fund can be found at www.ucc.ie/en/saf from Thursday 27th September.

Student Assistance Fund Applications must be deemed to be fully complete by the 8th Novemeber to be considered for the 1916 Bursary.

Those whose applications are deemed to be fully complete by the cut off date of 8th Novemebr will then be prioritised based on the number of criteria that apply to their situation. Only those who rank highest in this regard and can verify same will be considered for the next stage. You will then be requested to provide additional supporting documentation and personal statements to enhance your initial application. Additional supporting documents received after the second stage deadline will not be accepted.

Please further note: The 1916 Bursaries will be awarded to applicants who provide evidence of membership of more than one of the target groups outlined above, and clearly demonstrated the significance and impact of the socio-economic disadvantage and barriers experienced.

 

FAQ's

1. Who can apply?

Detailed criteria are provided above.  In summary, 1st Year students in the 2018/19 academic year, full or part time,  with a household income less than €45,790 gross in 2017, who are in the identified target groups, who are socio-economically disadvantaged and experiencing significant financial hardship, can apply.
 

2. What does “Socio-Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary?

This term usually means that you live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage where not many people from that area go on to third level education by tradition or for financial reasons. You may have attended a DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school.  Your family income may mean that you may not be able to go to college without financial help. You may be from a socio-economic group that is underrepresented in higher education.  All of these factors, either individually or combined, may mean that you have additional social and financial barriers to accessing higher education

3. Who cannot apply?
  • Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for 'current' First Year students only
  • Postgraduate students
  • Students who have already received a qualification at the same level
  • Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students whose income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €45,790 gross for the family in 2017
4. How do i get some advice?

Please email 1916bursary@ucc.ie if you have any questions regarding the 1916 Bursary Fund.

5. Can I get the 1916 Bursary and SUSI?

The simple answer is Yes. If you are eligible and awarded SUSI and the Bursary you can keep both. The 1916 Bursary is not counted as income when assessing SUSI.

6. Can I get the 1916 Bursary and any other Scholarship or Grant?

No. You can get the 1916 Bursary with your SUSI, Social Welfare and you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund or Fund for Students with Disabilities but not any other grant

7. Will the Bursary affect my SUSI application?

The payment from the 1916 Bursary is not counted as income by SUSI.

8. Will the Bursary affect my Social Welfare payment?

No – the 1916 Bursary does not affect your means tested or other payments from Social Welfare

9. Can I keep my Rent Allowance and Medical Card with the 1916 Bursary?

The Bursary should not be counted as income when you are being assessed for any means tested payments.

10. Can I apply for the Student Assistance Fund if I get the 1916 Bursary?

Yes, you can apply. Each institution will assess applications for the Student Assistance Fund using their own processes so it is up to them if you are granted any funding.

11.Can I apply for the Fund for Students with Disabilities if I get the 1916 Bursary?

Yes you can apply. Each institution will assess applications for the Fund for Students with Disabilities using their own processes so it is up to them if you are granted any funding.

12. How many Bursaries will be awarded?

Each institution can award up to seven individual Bursaries depending on the applications. There are strict criteria that must be applied.

13. What is expected of me if I am awarded a 1916 Bursary?
  • You would be expected to keep within the rules and regulations of your institution.
  • You would be expected to agree to any assessment set out by your institution for your course.
  • You would be expected to agree to the department managing the 1916 Bursary confirming that you have passed each year of your course.
  • You would be expected to meet with a Student Advisor in your institution at least twice per year.
  • You may be asked to attend or be part of events organised by the institution to increase awareness of the 1916 Bursary.
14. I am a Postgraduate Student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary?

No. The 1916 Bursary is only open to entering and first year Undergraduate Students.

15. I am a continuing student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary?

No. The 1916 Bursary is only open to first year Undergraduate Students.

16. I am repeating a year. Can I apply?

Applications from those currently repeating Year 1 of their undergraduate programme will only be considered in cases where evidence is supplied that a significant life event was the reason for poor performance in the last academic year. Examples of such life events include major ill health which was certified at the time, pregnancy, bereavement in the immediate family.
 

17. If I am refused, can I appeal?

The grounds for appeal are:

That you believe there was an “administrative error in assessment” i.e. that you think a mistake was made when your application was being reviewed that led to you not being awarded the Bursary.

The South Cluster will have a Review and Appeals Panel to ensure your application was assessed fairly and in line with the criteria.
The Review and Appeals Panel will have representatives from each institution. The representative from your institution will not have a vote in your appeal.

18. I have been awarded the 1916 Bursary. How will I be paid?

You will be paid in instalments directly into your bank account.

19. I have been awarded the 1916 Bursary. Can I repeat a year?

The 1916 Bursary cannot be paid for a repeat year unless the institution agrees that there were “exceptional circumstances” i.e. medical or personal reasons why you could not complete the year. You would be expected to provide written evidence of your illness or personal situation from a professional outside your family group. You would also be expected to work with the student supports within your institution during your difficulty and at a minimum have advised someone in your college that you have an issue ongoing.

20. I applied but was not successful in my application. Are there any other financial supports available?

Yes.  Each institution has funds to support students experiencing financial hardship.  The biggest fund available is the Student Assistance Fund.  

21. What types of documentary evidence do I need to supply with my application?

Examples of the evidence you will be asked for are; SUSI full award letters, P21's, Letters of support from community groups and agencies such as TUSLA, DSP, Academic awards, Notices of assessment, Chapter 4 or 5 self-assessment letter and other supporting documentaiotn from advocacy and support groups.

Contact Details

Please email 1916Bursary@ucc.ie if you have any queries in relation to the 1916 Bursary Fund.

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