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1916 Bursary Fund FAQs

1916 Bursary Fund FAQs

  • What is the 1916 Bursary Fund?

    The 1916 Bursary Fund was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills on 30th December, 2017. The  1916 Bursary Fund will commemorate the centenary of 1916 as part of an overall series of measures to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education. 
     

  • Who are the target groups for the 1916 Bursaries?

    The Bursaries are targeted at students who are underrepresented in higher education. 

    Applicants must qualify as financially socio-economically disadvantaged regardless of their target group and meet the following mandatory financial requirements;

    • In receipt of a DEASP means-tested social welfare payment

    And/or

    Applicants will also need to meet one of the following target groups: 

    • Students from socio-economically disadvantaged communities or low levels of participation in higher education;
    • First time, mature student entrants;
    • Students with a disability, in particular students with a physical/mobility impairment, e.g., students who are deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment;
    • Irish Travellers;
    • Those entering higher education on the basis of a further education award;
    • Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents);
    • Students who are registered with Engage in Education (formally LCBEI) AND meet their eligibility criteria and/or Graduate of the LIT Certificate in Transition to Higher Education programme
    • Ethnic minorities:

    1. Persons from Ethnic minorities who are lawfully present in the State and are a national of: (i) a Member State; (ii) a state which is a contracting state to the EEA agreement or; (iii) the Swiss Confederation.
    2. A person whose current immigration status or leave to remain under the Department of Justice and Equality, is one of the following: 
      • Refugee (including programme refugees); 
      • Subsidiary Protection; 
      • Permission to remain as the family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 and EU Directive 2004/38/EC (EU Treaty Rights provisions); 
      • Permission to remain because of marriage/civil partnership with an Irish national or as dependent child of such person; 
      • a person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Equality has granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State under any enactment for the time being in force;
      • Permission to remain following a decision not to deport under Sections 3 of the Immigration Act 1999; or 
      • Permission to remain as a dependent child of a person who has acquired Irish Citizenship by naturalisation, residing in the State. 
      • or a person granted permission to reside in the State under Section 49 of the International Protection Act 2015 (No.66 of 2015)

     For further clarification, see section 14 of the Student Support Act 2011 and regulation 5 the Student Support Regulations 2020 (Statutory Instrument No. 77 of 2020).

  • Who can apply for the 1916 Bursary Fund?

    Applicants must qualify as financially socio-economically disadvantaged regardless of their target group and meet the following mandatory requirements;

    • In receipt of a DEASP means-tested social welfare payment

    And/or

     

    • Students must be commencing their first year of study in year 1 of their course, on a full-time or part-time day programme of not less than 2 years duration, leading to a Major Award at Level 6, 7 or Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
    • Applicants must be a first-time entrant in third level education in 2021-2022 academic year, studying an undergraduate course, leading to a full award.
    • Applicants must have been resident in the Irish state for three of the past five years on the date on which the year of study commences.
       
  • Who cannot apply for the 1916 Bursary?
    • Postgraduate students.
    • Students who are not first-time entrants to third level education in the 2021-2022 academic year.
    • Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications. 
    • Students who are not in receipt of the highest level of grant support from SUSI and/or who are not in receipt of a DEASP means-tested social welfare payment.  
    • Students registered in years other than First Year.
       
  • What is the value of the 1916 Bursary?

    As part of the implementation of PATH 2 for the 2021/22 academic year, three tiers of bursaries will be available for awarding to students: 


    - Tier 1 - €5,000 per annum for the duration of studies awarded
    - Tier 2 - €2,000 per annum for the duration of studies
    - Tier 3 – Once-off bursary of €1,500 payable for the 2021/22 academic year only

  • How do I apply?

    Applications to the 1916 Bursary Fund are now open for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students must use the online application form which can be found here. Supporting documentation must then be emailed to 1916bursary@lit.ie before the closing date of 5pm, 15th of October 2021.

     

  • What supporting documentation is required?

    The following documentation must be supplied, if applicable, with the application. Application forms submitted without complete and/or appropriate documentation will not be considered.

    If you are under 23 years of age on application: Household income refers to both your parents and your own income. If you are a Mature Student (over 23): Household income refers to you and whoever is in your household (parents if living at home or partner if you are living with a partner)

    SUSI. (If applicable) - SUSI Approval letter for 21/22, including reckonable income sheet, must be submitted with this application on or before the 15th Ocobter 2021. If SUSI approval letter is provided, no other proof of income is required.

    Department of Social Protection. (If applicable) - Letter from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), stating that you are currently in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment.

    And 

    Letter from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), outlining payment type for 2020 and/or statement of total DEASP benefits received in 2019.

    Self-Employment / Farming income/Rental Income. (If applicable) - Notice of Assessment for 2020

    Employment. (If applicable) - Statement of Liability for 2020 (formerly P21)

    Redundancy Payment. (If applicable) - RP50 (All pages)

    Retired with Private Pension. (If applicable) - Private pension provider statement.


    Other Supporting Documents, where applicable:

    Lone Parent - Proof of lone parent payment (means tested social welfare payment)/tax credits.

    Student with a disability - Please provide relevant documentation.

    Ethnic Minority - Please provide a copy of documentation confirming your status.

    Persons from Ethnic minorities who are lawfully present in the State and are a national of: (i) a Member State; (ii) a state which is a contracting state to the EEA agreement or; (iii) the Swiss Confederation.

    A person whose current immigration status or leave to remain under the Department of Justice and Equality, is one of the following: 

    • Refugee (including programme refugees); 
    • Subsidiary Protection; 
    • Permission to remain as the family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 and EU Directive 2004/38/EC (EU Treaty Rights provisions); 
    • Permission to remain because of marriage/civil partnership with an Irish national or as dependent child of such person; 
    • a person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Equality has granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State under any enactment for the time being in force;
    • Permission to remain following a decision not to deport under Sections 3 of the Immigration Act 1999; or 
    • Permission to remain as a dependent child of a person who has acquired Irish Citizenship by naturalisation, residing in the State. 
    • or a person granted permission to reside in the State under Section 49 of the International Protection Act 2015 (No.66 of 2015)


    Engage in Education (formerly LCEBI) -  Letter confirming registration. 

    LIT Transition to Higher Education Programme -  Please provide your Student ID. Number.
     

  • What is the closing date for receipt of applications?

    Applications to the LIT 1916 Bursary fund will open on the 30th of August 2021 and will close at 5pm on the 15th of October 2021. Application forms and supporting documentation received after this date will not be considered.

  • Will I receive confirmation of receipt of my application?

    Conformation of receipt of your application will be provided during the week of the 18th October 2021. If you have not heard from the 1916 Bursary Committee by Monday October 25th, please contact us at 1916bursary@lit.ie as a matter of urgency.

     

  • I am a continuing student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary?

    No. The 1916 Bursary is only open to students who are commencing third level education in September 2021 for the first time.
     

  • How will applications be assessed?

    Applications will be assessed based on the information provided on the application form and the supporting documentation submitted before the closing date/time. Additionally, applicants must meet the financial eligibility criteria and target group eligibility criteria in order to be considered for a 1916 Bursary. The LIT 1916 Bursary Fund Committee will prioritise those who are socio-economically disadvantaged and can provide evidence of membership of the target group(s). Applicants must clearly demonstrate the impact of socio-economic disadvantage and barriers experienced. The LIT 1916 Bursary Committee is comprised of members with a high level of expertise in assessing income and socio-economic disadvantage. In the event clarification is required, applicants may be contacted by the LIT 1916 Bursary Fund Committee.  

    The LIT 1916 Bursary Fund Committee will give due regard to ensuring the benefit of the bursaries is maximised. 
     

  • If my LIT 1916 Bursary Fund application is successful. How will I be notified?

    All written communication for successful applications, regarding the 1916 Bursary Fund, will be sent directly to the LIT student email account. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor their student email account on a regular basis for 1916 Bursary correspondence.
     

  • If my LIT 1916 Bursary Fund application is unsuccessful. How will I be notified?

    All written communication for unsuccessful applications, regarding the 1916 Bursary Fund, will be sent directly to LIT student email account. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor their student email account on a regular basis for 1916 Bursary correspondence.
     

  • Can I appeal if my application is unsuccessful?

    Unsuccessful applicants may appeal the outcome of their application. The appeal form is available to download here. All appeals will be considered by an Independent Appeals Board. 

    The appeals procedure is in respect of process only i.e. that the applicant believes there was an administrative error in assessment. 

    Appeal forms must be completed and returned to 1916bursary@lit.ie  within 5 working days following of the outcome of your application. The decision of the 1916 Bursary Appeals Board is final. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor their student email account on a regular basis for 1916 Bursary correspondence.

  • If I am awarded a 1916 Bursary, will it affect my social welfare payment?

    No. The 1916 Bursary Fund does not affect your means tested, or other payments, from social welfare.
     

  • If I am awarded a 1916 Bursary, will it affect my SUSI?

    No. The 1916 Bursary will be an ‘income disregard’ for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in the student grant scheme. 
     

  • Can I apply for the Student Assistance Fund if I am awarded the 1916 Bursary?

    Yes. Students who are successfully awarded the LIT 1916 Bursary Fund can apply to the Student Assistance Fund, once they meet the eligibility to apply.

  • I have been awarded the LIT 1916 Bursary Fund. How will I be paid?

    Successful applicants will be paid in instalments directly into awardee’s bank account.
     

  • If I am successful, can I defer my award?

    Any application for deferral of a 1916 Bursary must be made when accepting the 1916 Bursary offer. The 1916 Bursary may be deferred for one academic year and for that period only with the prior written permission of the institution. 
     

  • If my application is successful, how many years of my programme will I receive the 1916 Bursary?

    Successful 1916 Bursary holders will continue to be eligible to receive their 1916 Bursary for the duration of their studies, subject to their continued compliance with the 1916 Bursary guidelines. 
     

  • If I have to repeat a year of my programme, will I still receive the 1916 Bursary?

    1916 Bursaries may not be paid in respect of a repeat period of study on the same course or a repeat period of study on a different course at the same level. The Institution may waive this rule where there are exceptional circumstances such as certified serious illness in accordance with guidelines.
     

  • Can I receive a 1916 Bursary in conjunction with another 1916 Bursary, scholarship or award?

    Students are not entitled to receive the 1916 Bursary in conjunction with any other Bursary, scholarship or award, irrespective of value.
     

  • Will my data be shared?

    The information provided on this form will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your application and will be handled in accordance with LIT’s Data Protection Policy and Student Privacy Statement. Your personal data may be shared with the HEA for reporting purposes. The HEA will collate aggregate and anonymised data received as part of the progress reporting process for evaluation, public interest and statistical purposes and may share it with a trusted third party in accordance with general data protection requirements. 

    As the 1916 Bursary Fund is a joint venture between UL, LIT and MIC (the ‘Cluster’), your personal data may also be shared with these institutions as well as with Engage in Education for the purposes of assessing the application. The LIT Student Privacy Statement and HEA Data Collection Notice are available at https://lit.ie/corporate/information-compliance/data-protection

    Where you have provided information on a disability, membership of the travelling community or membership of an ethnic minority (known as ‘special category’ personal data), please note that we will only use the information provided for the purpose of assessing your eligibility for the bursary.
     

  • What can I do if I have a query about the LIT 1916 Bursary Fund?

    For queries not addressed in this FAQ section, please email 1916bursary@lit.ie

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