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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 Year 1 in 2020-2021, 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 2020-2021 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 2020-20201 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?

    Each 1916 Bursary will be in the amount of €5000 per annum and awarded for the normal duration of an approved course. 

  • How do I apply?

    The LIT 1916 Bursary Application forms are available here.  Fully complete the application form and submit along with the supporting documentation, BY EMAIL ONLY, to 1916Bursary@lit.ie , on or before 5pm on Friday 4th September 2020. Guidance for completing the application form is available here.  

    The Access Service will not correspond with students who fail to submit all documents required. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
     

  • 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 20/21, including reckonable income sheet, must be submitted with this application on or before the 4th September 2020. 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 2019 and/or statement of total DEASP benefits received in 2019.

    Self-Employment / Farming income/Rental Income. (If applicable) - Notice of Assessment for 2019

    Employment. (If applicable) - Statement of Liability for 2019 (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.

    Irish Traveller - Letter from a Traveller Advocacy Group confirming status i.e.., Pavee Point., etc. 

    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?

    Closing date for LIT 1916 Bursary application forms and supporting documentation is the 4th September 2020 at 5pm. Applications or supporting documents will not be accepted after this date.

  • Will I receive confirmation of receipt of my application?

    All LIT 1916 Bursary Fund applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application between September 28th and October 9th* to their student email address. If you have not received an email by the 9th October,  please email 1916Bursary@lit.ie, as a matter of urgency.

    *Please note that these dates differ from the application form. This is the most up to date information. 
     

  • 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 2020 for the first time.
     

  • How will applications be assessed?

    The LIT 1916 Bursary Fund is a competitive process. LIT have a limited number of bursaries to award (10 bursaries). It is expected that the number of applications will far exceed the number of bursaries available. 

    Applications will be assessed based on the information provided on the application form and the supporting documentation submitted before the closing date/time. Applicants must meet both 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