The Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the ESF with a special allocation from the Youth Employment Initiative.

The main financial support available for eligible students attending full-time further and higher education courses is the student grant, which may include a maintenance grant and/or a fee grant, depending on eligibility.

The means-tested Student Grant Scheme is administered by the local authorities, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) on behalf of the Department.

The dedicated website provides comprehensive information on student grants and other sources of financial assistance such as the Student Assistance Fund, the Fund for Students with Disabilities and the Free Fees Initiative.





The Department of Education and Skills, in accordance with the Public Service Management Act 1997, is developing a new Strategy Statement for the period 2019-2021 and we would welcome your input.

The Strategy Statement will be informed by the

  • Programme for Government
  • Key Government priorities
  • Policy frameworks and other significant issues,

The approved document will set out the Department’s strategic vision for the period 2019-2021.

The intention is that the new strategy statement will build on progress to-date, allow for the implementation of recently introduced reforms and continue to improve the quality and effectiveness of the education system for all learners.

The Strategy Statement will set clear goals and high-level priority actions to achieve our vision and to set key strategic directions that will provide for a period of continuous improvement and reform. Each year we will develop an Action Plan framed by the goals of the Statement of Strategy which will outline our high-level work programme for the year.

The core goals in our Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 – Department of Education and Skills Strategy Statement are set out below:

Get Involved and have your say here:



ICOS was founded in 1970 and its offices are based in Dublin on the Morehampton Road.

We collaborate with our members, student organisations and government agencies to ensure that international education policy and practice in Ireland is quality-driven and remains firmly focused on the educational and social needs of all students.


USI Homes

USI are using to appeal to homeowners in all over Ireland to consider offering accommodation to students during term time, as it fears the cost of renting may lead to some students being “priced out” of an education. With rents increasing and accommodation being scarce, they want your help to tackle this issue.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) received a grant of €30,000 provided by the HEA to the Union of Students’ in Ireland to progress short-term solutions for students in need of accommodation.

In the short term, one of the best options to increase supply is for people to rent a spare room in their home to students. It’s a win-win situation, as students get accommodation and homeowners can earn up to €14,000 a year tax-free doing this. The funding provided was used to develop, to communicate more effectively to student and homeowners, and to carry out research into this important issue.   You can learn more here:

UniNest Ireland

Uninest Student Residences began our journey in 2014 and strive to provide the best living experience for students in Cork and Dublin, offering stylish, secure and sociable student living.

They are plain-speaking, upfront and proactive, aiming to provide exceptional levels of customer service to our residents and valued partners. They strive to be clear and upfront in our communications and costs, we listen to our residents, their families and our educational partners.

Uninest Student Residences is part of the Global Student Accommodation family, with experience of student accommodation in cities across Ireland, Germany, Dubai and the UK.

Our locations are carefully chosen to ensure they are close to many major universities and colleges in the city, so you’ll save money on transport. Their in-house maintenance team takes care of repairs and all your bills are included (that’s water, electric, gas & broadband), so you can focus on your studies.

Their carefully chosen locations, inclusive rents, and well-equipped living spaces make student life in Dublin the best it can be, but we know that moving away from home for the first time can be daunting for both students and parents.


Homestay is an Irish and International rental housing portal.


ErasMusu is an international student housing portal and blog.

College Cribs is Ireland’s dedicated student and young professional accommodation search engine.


Get Housing Advice

Threshold provides a wide range of information, advice, and downloads on our website. To help you find what you are looking for they have divided this into the three key stages in the lifespan of a tenancy:

  • seeking private rented accommodation,
  • dealing with problems during your tenancy,
  • ending a tenancy

If you cannot find what you are looking for or need to talk directly to an advisor you can contact your nearest office in Cork, Dublin or Galway through our national freephone helpline 1800 454 454 Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm.





They are called Jigsaw, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health. There to ensure that no young person feels alone, isolated and disconnected from others around them. They provide vital supports to young people with their mental health by working closely with communities across Ireland.

What they do

  • Intervene early to support young people’s mental health. We are the only mental health service in the country with an exclusive focus on 12-25-year-olds.
  • Intervene early to support young people’s mental health. We are the only mental health service in the country with an exclusive focus on 12-25-year-olds. Our early intervention model provides tangible supports for young people before they reach the point of acquiring a formal mental health diagnosis.
  • They have 13 Jigsaw Services in communities across Ireland providing mental health support to young people, and we are continuing to grow year on year. Our Jigsaw Services provide young people aged 12-25 with a place they can visit for free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals.
  • Educate and equip communities to help young people. Our research is the foundation on which we build our workshops for adults and young people alike. We believe that future resilience is based on early intervention and mentoring.
  • We are creating an Ireland where young people are connected to their communities. We are working to build strong communities where young people feel they have real emotional connections with their friends, families, teachers, and peers.
  • We listen to young people. For years, decisions were made about young people without consulting with young people. We are changing that. At Jigsaw, our Youth Advisory Panel’s opinions and contributions are vital to the running the running of our organisation. They guide our thinking, they influence our decision-making, they help recruit our people and are central to our organisation.
  • We work with the best mental health experts using evidence-driven methodology. We employ evidence-based models, devised by some of the world’s leading mental healthcare experts, based on extensive research.
  • We are changing the way Ireland thinks about and responds to young people’s mental health. Breaking the stigma is important. At Jigsaw, we know that thanks to the sustained efforts of communities, organisations, charities and young people themselves, mental health is well and truly on the agenda. However, breaking the stigma alone is not enough. It is essential for our young people’s wellbeing that we respond at the right time, in the right way. We work with Government, the HSE and other policymakers to make sure the right frameworks are being put in place to help Ireland’s young people for generations to come.


SPUN OUT is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people.

They provide information to around 140,000+ active readers each month.

Established in 2005, their vision is help create an Ireland where young people aged between 16 and 25 are empowered with the information they need to live active, happy, and healthy lives.

They aim to educate and inform our readers about the importance of holistic wellbeing and how good health can be maintained, both physically and mentally.

They believe we should have easy access to relevant, reliable, and non-judgemental information and we are proud to provide our readers with a dynamic, responsive website full of up-to-date, factual information, free of any shame or bias.

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