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Completing a degree offers many exciting and interesting opportunities. For some the cost of studying can present a barrier however there are various scholarships available to assist mature students.   

Uversity Scholarships

Uversity’s Scholarships are intended to unlock adult learners’ potential. By providing meaningful, multiannual financial support, Uversity’s Scholarships aim to remove the financial barriers to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for the first time. Scholarships are not limited to particular subject areas and will enable recipients to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of the participating institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Uversity’s Scholarships will provide financial support to individuals 23 years or older who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in any subject in one of the participating institutions.

Uversity understands that there are many financial barriers preventing people realise their ambitions to receive a Bachelor’s degree. Aside from the direct costs of tuition, fees, books and IT there are day to day living costs such as childcare and transport to be taken care of to enable full-time education. The Uversity Scholarships take account of each individual’s circumstances and aim to provide full financial support for the full period of study.

The Scholarship will cover some or all of the following costs:

  • Registration & tuition fees
  • Pre-enrolment education assessments if required
  • Laptop, books and other materials
  • Wifi and telephone access
  • Transportation
  • Childcare/Family support
  • Living expenses e.g. accommodation/maintenance etc.

Scholarship amounts will vary depending on recipients’ circumstances and will be allocated on a needs basis which will be assessed via application and interview. Payments will be made on a phased basis over the course of the degree programme and subject to continued academic registration and progress.

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The 1916 Bursary

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support 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 of the following socio economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education:

  • First time, mature student entrants;
  • Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment;
  • Irish Travellers;
  • Further education award holders;
  • Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents);
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees); 
  • Children in the Care of the State.

To apply or for more infiormation please click here

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