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College supports for refugees and people seeking protection in Ireland

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If you have any questions about college supports for refugees and people seeking protection in Ireland, you can chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer or leave us a message and we can get back to you.

College supports for refugees and people seeking protection.

The Irish Refugee Council have very useful information on accessing and funding available for Further Education and Higher Education: Click Here

They have also produced a very helpful booklet Guide to Further and Higher Education for refugees and people seeking asylum 2022/23.

More information on SUSI and Other financial supports for college students.

University of Sanctuary Ireland (UoSI) Scholarships

University of Sanctuary Ireland is an Irish initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of universities, colleges and other education institutes in welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their university communities and fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary. List of the Universities / Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) that offer Sanctuary Scholarships.

People in International Protection System

This student support scheme aimed at people in International Protection System, provides grants for students who are in the protection system or at the leave to remain (but not deportation order) stage. It is aimed at people who wish to pursue either PLC courses in further education, undergraduate courses or postgraduate level course in higher education. More information and how to apply

Direct Provision – If someone is living in Direct Provision, they can apply for the International Protection Student Scheme (for FE/HE Students) for help with the cost of going to third level education. The Student Support Scheme provides a similar level of financial support for international protection applicants as is provided for Irish students who are eligible for support under the SUSI grant scheme.

If you would like additional support or information, contact Crosscare Migrant Project (Dublin)

Ukrainian Students going to College

This information is aimed at students displaced by the war in Ukraine continuing their studies and those applying for university places for September 2023.

Waiting for the information to be updated for 2024/5 Academic Year 

All information below has come from the Irish Refugee Council

Students who started university in 2022 and wish to continue in September 2023:

  • Your fees will continue to be waived (free) as per last year (provided you are progressing) under the Temporary Tuition Fee Support Scheme
  • You will continue to receive a monthly maintenance payment as per last year – €1,150
  • If you need to repeat a year or semester, or change your programme you will be liable for EU fees and will no longer be eligible for the supports above

Students who wish to start 1st year of university in September 2023:

  • You need to apply for a place at university via www.cao.ie prior to 01 May 2023.
  • Your fees will be waived (free) under the Temporary Tuition Fee Support Scheme (same as last year)
  • You will receive a monthly maintenance payment – €1,150

Students who started a two-year PLC course in 2022 and wish to continue in 2023:

  • Your fees will continue to be waived (free) as per last year
  • You will continue to receive a monthly maintenance payment as per last year

Students who wish to start a one-year PLC course in 2023:

  • Your fees will be waived (free) as per last year
  • You will receive a monthly maintenance payment as per last year, €6,115 paid in monthly instalments

PLEASE READ THE GOVERNMENT WEBPAGE  – AS PROGRESSION RULES APPLY.

How to have your previous degree recognised in Ireland.

You can send any queries here.

If you have any questions about college supports for refugees and people seeking protection in Ireland, you can chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer or leave us a message and we can get back to you.

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