In Northern Ireland students studying on programmes of study that are not eligible for mandatory funding can apply for Further Education Grants. 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.
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.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
Students must be 19 years of age or over.
Grants will only be made for courses that are approved for further education award purposes and to applicants on courses at approved institutions.
Students must show that they are progressing to a more advanced level of study.
Grants will not be made to students who are repeating a year of a course of study, unless this is due to medical grounds or other mitigating circumstances.
If students are in receipt of another type of government award, such as the EMA, they will not be eligible.
You must also meet the following residence requirements:
You must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man throughout the three years prior to the first year of your course (other than mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education).
You must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland.
You must have 'settled status' which means that you must be settled within the United Kingdom within the meaning of the Immigration Act of 1971.
Application forms can be downloaded from Education Support for Northern Ireland or obtained from your Education and Library Board (ELB).
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.