Eligibility for HEA-funded places

Eligibility for HEA-funded places

Funding of up to the full cost of a programme is available to eligible participants who meet the academic entry requirements and are eligible under the scheme. Eligible applicants must be ordinarily resident in Ireland and must meet the nationality and EU residency rules as aligned to Springboard+. Further information on eligibility can be found here.  For the purposes of allocating funded places, eligible participants are listed below in order of priority.

  1. Returners (Returners will not pay any course fees)
  2. A Homemaker or on other caring duties for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months prior to their application
  3. Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme
  4. In addition, the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm their status as a Homemaker.
  5. Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for attesting to their status.

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations. They have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross skilling to transition back to the workforce.

To be eligible the applicant must have been:

It should be noted that acceptance on to a postgraduate course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.

  1. The Employed (Applicants in employment will be required to pay 10% of the course fee).
  2. meet the residency requirements, i.e. have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
  3. provide a copy of their most recent ‘Employment Detail Summary’ or other relevant revenue documentation.

Applicants who are employed must:

  1. Formerly Self-employed (Applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee).
  2. In receipt of COVID Payments (Applicants will be required to pay 10% of part time course fee)

Applicants who were formerly self-employed must provide a letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicant’s (former) accountant should be sufficient.  Alternatively, a participant can swear a declaration stating that they are no longer self-employed.

If you are in receipt of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) you can apply for a full or part time course. You must provide proof of this payment in the form of a slip from where payment is collected or a letter from DEASP.

The Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme is not an eligible DEASP payment. Those who are in receipt of the wage subsidy are classed as employed and those eligibility criteria apply. Therefore, those in receipt of this payment will be required to pay 10% of the course fee when undertaking courses at Level 7 or above.

  1. Recent graduates (2020 graduates will be required to pay 10% of the course fee).

Recent graduates with at least a Level 8 qualification may be eligible to apply for a Full or Part-time Postgraduate course approved under the July stimulus in TU Dublin, subject to eligibility requirements for each course.

Important

When applying for a programme you will need to upload ‘proof of status’ with your application as follows

If you are:

Unemployed

Written proof from the Department of Employ Social Protection (DEASP) that you are a Social

Welfare recipient at the commencement of the course. This can be a recent slip from when you collect your payment or else a letter dated within 3 months that clearly shows the name of the payment you receive.

A Returner

Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof. The form to use is on the Springboard+ website.

Employed/Self Employed

Provide a copy of their most recent ‘Employment Detail Summary’ from the Revenue online services or other relevant revenue documentation. If neither of these are available, and as a last option then we can accept a letter from your current employer to confirm employment, this must be on company letterhead and must provide your name, PPS, that you are currently employed.

Formerly Self-Employed

Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. If neither of these are available, then a sworn declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

In receipt of COVID Payments

People in receipt of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) can apply for a full or part time course. You must provide proof of this payment in the form of a slip from where payment is collected or a letter from DEASP. As the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme is not an eligible DEASP payment, those who are in receipt of this subsidy are classed as employed and those eligibility criteria apply.  Therefore, those in receipt of this payment will be required to pay 10% of the course fee when undertaking courses at Level 7 or above.

***Please note that learners can only be registered on one publicly funded higher education course whether that be Springboard+, HCI Pillar 1 or July Stimulus Postgraduate or Modular courses. Learners are not permitted to be registered on two courses in the one academic year. Modular courses applicants can apply for up to 3 modular courses not exceeding 30 credits in total***