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.

Download the application form 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. 


The following three Scholarships are available to new entrants to the Institute:

REACH Scholarships

LYIT has established a Bursary Scheme (REACH) to support and facilitate students wishing to complete an undergraduate programme in the academic year.  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.

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.