There are a variety of funds available that you should consider. For comprehensive information on most of the grants and funds available to students go 
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SUSI Grant

The main grant payment in Ireland is the SUSI grant. You can find information on the SUSI grant at the following addresses:

Grants are only awarded to those applying to full time courses in registered, public colleges, private colleges are not eligible for grant applications. This means that most UCC courses are eligible. Although postgraduate students are not eligible for a maintenance allowance they may be eligible for a grant for tuition fees. Grants are only awarded to those who have legally lived in Ireland for 3 of the last 5 years. For more information and inquiries on SUSI contact SUSI helpdesk at or call 0761 08 7874.

Back to Education Allowance

The Back to Education Allowance is awarded to those who have left education and who are now returning to further their education you must be unemployed, parenting alone or have a disability and getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection to apply. To be eligible you must be progressing your education, that is to say, the NFQ level of the course you wish to apply to must be higher than the NFQ level of the last course you completed. You cannot receive the maintenance allowance from the susi grant with the BTEA but you may receive tuition payment.
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Financial Support for Student Parents
Financial support is available from the Students’ Union for student parents whose children attend the UCC Creche Cois Laoi and those who are in alternative childcare while on a waiting list for Crèche Cois Laoi. Applications are invited from full-time student parents, for the 2013/14 academic year. Financial assistance is means-tested and is strictly limited to children (under 12yrs of age). Support is paid from September to May (excluding 2 weeks at Christmas and 2 weeks at Easter). The amount of subsidy awarded can vary from year to year as it depends on resources and numbers of successful applicants. Applications can be handed in or posted to the Students’ Union Office, 54 College Rd., Cork. The deadline for applications is 31st August. As there can be delays in obtaining certain financial documentation, it is advisable to apply for this in good time as incomplete applications or applications without required documentation will be returned and this may delay payments for eligible applicants.
Further details are available in the notes that accompany the application form and from the 
SU Welfare Officer, contact details are on the right hand side of this page.