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FE Awards

If you are over 19 years old and want to study at college in Northern Ireland and are from a low income family, grants are available

In Northern Ireland students studying on programmes of study that are not eligible for mandatory funding can apply for Further Education Awards. However, funds are limited so it may not be possible to offer awards to every applicant who is successful in obtaining a place on an approved programme of study. Funds are available for both full-time study and part-time study.

How much money can I receive through the FE Award scheme?

The maximum amount you can receive for tuition fees is £930 and the maximum amount you can receive for maintenance is £2,092. The maintenance grant is assessed on household income, with the maximum amount awarded to students with a household income below £21,330.

Am I eligible to apply for an FE Award?

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

You must also meet the following residence requirements:

How do I apply for the FE Award?

Application forms can be downloaded from Education Support for Northern Ireland or obtained from your Education and Library Board (ELB).

Where can I find more information about the FE Award?

Visit the Education Authority website for more information about all aspects of funding your studies at further education level.

Comprehensive details about funding for further education can be obtained from Student Cash: A Directory of Learning Funding Sources.