Finance: Students from the EU

Funding for EU Residents (includes ROI students)

Students studying full time higher education courses such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees, NVQ 4 or Degree's may apply for tuition fee loan/grant through EU Customer Services Team in Darlington and through the SUSI. Please see information below detailing the different types of grant/loans available.

Maintenance Grant

A maintenance grant is available for Republic of Ireland (ROI) students who are studying higher education courses. New students should apply through SUSI via
The amount you get depends on your household income, as well as other factors.
Unfortunately there is no maintenance grant for ROI students who are studying further education courses, but students may be able to apply for Back to Education Allowance - details below.

Back to Education Allowance

Students studying both further education and higher education courses may be eligible to apply for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA), which allows people in receipt of certain social welfare payments to retain those payments whilst participating in approved full-time courses in further and higher education.

The BTEA allows qualifying persons to return to full-time education in approved courses while continuing to get income support.

Click link below to find out more information regarding BTEA, and your entitlement.

Tuition Fee Loan

EU students studying full time higher education courses such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees, NVQ 4 and Degrees may apply for a tuition fee loan through EU Customer Services Team in Darlington. You can receive up to £9000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees only.
You should complete a EU13 form, downloadable at

Partnership Grants

Dundalk Employment Partnership operates a limited system of grant aid to support disadvantaged residents of the Dundalk urban area, in continuing or returning to education. Not all partnerships have such funds and eligibility requirements and amounts vary.

For more information, contact your local partnership:
Dundalk T: 042 933 0288
Drogheda T: 041 984 2088
Monaghan T: 042 974 9500