Social Security Benefits
Although most full time students are not entitled to social security benefits certain students in vulnerable groups, including single parents and disabled students, may be eligible for social security benefits including Housing Benefits.
If you want to take a full time course of education, you should ask your local benefits office how this may affect your benefits.
Part-Time Students in receipt of benefits can receive help with childcare, travel and books through supportfFunds without affecting benefits*
*This has been confirmed by Social Security Agency. (Jobs and benefits Section)
You can contact your local advice centre for further information.
Funding to help towards the costs of course fees; childcare costs; travel costs; for lone parents. For further information and application forms see www.gingerbreadni.org
NI Memorial Fund
Open to students undertaking any educational course or training that could help to improve career opportunities or personal development. Expenses such as fees and books may be covered. Open to those who have lost a close relative due to the troubles.
Contact the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund
Tel: 028 9024 5965 / 5949
Army FE Bursary
This bursary pays students £1000 per year whilst studying at FE Colleges and also offers a full time job with the army once you complete your basic training. For more information you should call 0845 600 8080.
St Vincent de Paul
Funding is available to students to help towards materials, childcare, transport & registration fees for applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information visit https://www.svp.org.uk/
Helena Kennedy Foundation
Awards are made primarily to disadvantaged students who have overcome significant barriers in order to continue with their education at University level. Applicants will be nominated by the College. Application forms are available to download from the website at www.hkf.org.uk or Tel: 01908 321155 / 232641.
The Prince’s Trust Development Awards are suitable for anyone who is aged 16-30 and in need of funding to get into Employment/Training/Education, up to £175.
For help with course fees or equipment, you must apply for a Development Award before your course starts.
To apply, contact The Prince’s Trust on 0800 842 842
Family Action is able to provide lone parents on a lone income with financial support through the Barclaycard Horizons Education Fund. Grants are available up to a maximum of £200. If the student needs significantly more than this, for childcare or fees for example, they will need to be able to show that they have obtained most of the amount from other sources before applying.
The Royal Ulster Constabulary Benevolent Fund
This is for members and ex-members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and their dependents. Support is available to schoolchildren, College students and undergraduates towards fees, travel, books and equipment. Applications in writing must be submitted via a regional representative.
Contact: Royal Ulster Constabulary Benevolent Fund, Police Federation Northern Ireland (PFNI)
T: 028 9076 4215
All Ireland Scholarships (JP McManus)
These scholarships are awarded to the top 25 performing students in NI who are progressing onto University level courses. Students should have been previously in receipt of EMA.
International Student Award (British Council)
Available to international students studying in the UK. Students are required to write a story about their experiences studying in the UK. The lucky winner will receive £2,000. Runner up prizes also available. For further information visit siem.britishcouncil.org
GAA Bursary Scheme
GAA are giving bursaries of £700 to students who are members of a GAA club and are studying Higher Education in a sports related area. For information contact: Ulster Council GAA, 8 -10 Market Street, Armagh BT61 7BX or visit ulster.gaa.ie
Thomas Devlin Fund – Performing Arts Bursaries
Thomas Devlin Fund offers bursaries of up to £1500 to young people between the age of 15 and 19 in order to pursue a career or study in the performing arts.
Contact: The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, Community House, Citylink Business Park, Albert Street, Belfast, BT12 4HQ
Tel: 028 9024 5927 or visit www.communityfoundationni.org
Community Family Support
Support 16-18 year olds to return to education, training or find employment. Contact 07872 838 681 / 07585 610 097