All students are required to pay the Student Contribution Fee of €3,000 in 2023/24. Students who feel their means allow can apply for a grant to assist with the payment of this fee and may also receive a maintenance payment. The Department of Education and Science funds student support schemes as follows: Means-tested grants are available from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) in 2023/24.

Where to apply

All students entering a NEW course in 2023/24 should apply to the online application system by logging onto this includes students who are completing a Level 6/7 course and progressing with their students to a Level 7/8.

Students who are awarded Maintenance Grants will have the payments made to them directly by SUSI into the bank account designated by the student.

Continuing Students

Grants awarded under the student grant schemes are usually reviewed each year. If you held a SUSI student grant in 2022/23 and are continuing your studies on this course in the next academic year, you should login to with the username and password of your awarded grant application.

A Guide to Grant Assistance available under these schemes is available on the Department’s website at or  

Grant Rates for the 2023/24 Academic Year
  > 30 km from  SETU Carlow < 30 km from SETU Carlow
Special Rate 100% Maintenance €6,971 €2,936
Band 1 Full Maintenance €3,677 €1,613
Band 2 Part Maintenance €2,717 €1,221
Band 3 Part Maintenance €1,887 €886
Band 4 Part Maintenance €1,051 €556
Fees only/ Partial Fees Award €0 €0