Financial Support & Scholarships

Student Grants and Financial Assistance

This page provides information on the various financial supports available to students studying at LYIT.

Student Grant –Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

The student grant is the main source of financial help available from the Irish State for students in full-time higher education courses. Decisions on grants are made wholly by SUSI, LYIT has no input into grant decisions. Note, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the cutoff dates for grant applications.  For further information and how to apply click here.

You are required to apply for a renewal of your Grant each year.  When you are applying to get your grant renewed you will be requested by grant authorities to provide evidence that you are eligible to re-register on your programme. 

Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

If you are unemployed, parenting alone or have a disability and are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection, you may take part in a second or third level education course and get a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).  Further information on BTEA can be found here.

It is important to note that you cannot get the BTEA and the maintenance component of a student grant together.

Student Assistance Fund

ScholarshipsThe Curve helps students from low income families and those who traditionally have not progressed to third level study or those from areas of high unemployment to access higher education.

This help includes financial aid such as the Student Assistance Fund. This limited fund may be available to students who are experiencing financial hardship and is advertised on the student notice boards.

Third Level Access is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.


Application Process

If a student thinks they may qualify, they should complete an application form. They will then have an interview with the Access Officer, the Chaplain and the Student Welfare Officer to determine their eligibility. Qualifying students will be required to provide proof of expenditure.

The application form can be found here for financial support.

The Curve may also be able to provide you with additional academic, personal and social supports. For further information contact Brian McGonagle by e-mail or call +353 (0)74 918 6170. 


LYIT is closed due to the Covid restrictions. However students can apply online for any of our scholarships. The email /contact person for each grant is listed on the application form.

LYIT offers six scholarships for new entrants of the Institute as follows:

  1. REACH Scholarship
  2. New Entrant Sports Scholarship
  3. Optum Healthcare Scholarship
  4. The 1916 Bursary Fund 
  5. Pushing Boundaries Scholarship.
  6. Sanctuary Scholarship

REACH Scholarships

LYIT has established a Bursary Scheme (REACH) to support and facilitate students wishing to complete an undergraduate programme.  REACH is targeting students who might not progress onto third level due to having a disability or lacking the financial wherewithal to participate.  For more information click here for guidelines for applicants and here for an application form.  

New Entrant Sports Scholarships

Provided you are accepted onto a full –time course of study in LYIT, either as undergraduate or post graduate, and are currently a member of a GAA County Football or Hurling panel, or a member of a League of Ireland soccer panel, you are eligible to apply for a New Entrant Sports Scholarship. For more information on eligibility criteria and the application form, click here.

In addition to the above new entrant scholarships, LYIT also offers the following scholarships to existing students of the institute:

  1. Full-Time Sports Scholarship
  2. Clubs and Societies Scholarships

Optum North-West Healthcare Scholarships

Optum Ireland aims to support the enhancement of the healthcare system in the region and invest in a 21st century health workforce that meets the needs of tomorrow. Optum has a diverse work-force and wishes to promote diversity in higher education by supporting young people from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds. The Optum North-West Healthcare Scholarship Scheme is currently accepting applications and the eligibility criteria is available here. To download an application form click here for PDF version and click here for Word version. Schools across Donegal have been sent application packs and application booklets. The deadline for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm Friday 8 May, 2020.

The 1916 Bursary Fund 

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support the implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. The National Access Plan is working to increase the numbers of students who are currently underrepresented in higher education. The Bursaries are targeted at students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one or more of the following target groups that have low participation rates in higher education.

For more information on the bursary click here. Click here for the application form. 

Pushing Boundaries Scholarships

This scholarship initiative is specifically aimed at applicants interested in applying for Full-time Taught Postgraduate Masters.  For more information on eligibility criteria and programmes, click here.

Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme

Click here for the application form.

Application for Sanctuary Scholarships is open to academically eligible asylum seekers and those in Direct Provision. Priority will be given to those in direct provision.