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1. What we offer

Student Finance Northern Ireland provide a range of finance options to help you while you're studying. This includes eligible full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate level qualifications.

Student finance

Student finance can be made up of loans, grants or allowances or a combination of these. 

Student finance can help pay for the costs of:

  • the tuition fees charged by your university or college
  • day to day expenses while studying
  • costs relating to a disability or long-term health condition including mental health condition, physical disability or specific learning difficulty
  • childcare costs
  • travel costs

Some students are eligible for more types of finance, and a larger amount of funding based on their circumstances.

When you apply we'll ask about you and the course you plan to study. This information helps us work out exactly what you can get, and how much.

Find out about your student finance

We recommend reading our article 'Your student finance'. This helps explain what we can tell you before you apply, and other essential information like the differences between loans. grants and allowances.

If you're able to tell us a bit about yourself, your course and how you plan to study - you can find more about the types of finance you could apply for.

Previous academic years

This site provides information and resources relating to the current and previous academic year for each type of finance available. You may be able to apply for funding for previous academic years through your student finance account but if you need a form or information relating to a previous academic year, call us.

Further education funding

Are you looking for information about further education funding in Northern Ireland?

If you're 16 and staying in education or taking part in the Training for Success programme, you may be eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

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