The Higher Education Grants Scheme provides financial assistance to students in approved third level colleges. Donegal County Council administers the Department of Education Higher Education Grant Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The VEC administers the scheme for Institutes of Technology and Technical Colleges.
It is a means tested award and consists of a maintenance element and payment of fees/student registration fees in the republic of Ireland (fees for postgraduate courses in Northern Ireland are also covered).
Application Forms for 2011/12 can be submitted online at www.studentfinance.ie or , downloaded from www.studentfinance.ie. Guidance notes and course acceptance forms can also be downloaded from this site. The application forms are for school leavers entering third level education and for students wishing to pursue postgraduate courses in the 2011/2012 academic year.
Applications are transferable between Donegal County Council and County Donegal V.E.C. as appropriate, depending on the final choice of third level course. Applicants need, therefore, only complete one application.
Application forms may also be obtained by forwarding a stamped addressed envelope (A4 size – €1.35 stamp) to the Higher Education Grant Section, Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Forms will also be available for collection at each of the Public Services Centres: - Carndonagh (Tel: 074-9373700), Donegal (Tel: 074-9724400), Dungloe (Tel: 074-9561300), Letterkenny (Tel: 074-9194200) and Milford (Tel: 074-91 53900).
The Citizen Information Centres, which are located at each of the Public Services Centres and in Ballyshannon and Buncrana, will provide advice and assistance in relation to completing the application forms. Their office hours are Monday-Friday 9.00am–4.30pm and Tuesday-Thursday – 10.00am-3.00pm in Ballyshannon.
Any further queries can be directed to the Higher Education Grant Office, Lifford, as follows:-
Telephone queries:- Monday to Friday, between 2.30 - 4.30pm: 074 91 72210
Personal Meetings:- Strictly by appointment only - arranged by contacting above telephone number.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 31st August 2011. The closing date for receipt of all supporting documentation in relation to all Higher Education Grant applications is Friday, 2nd March 2012. Following this date all incomplete files will be ineligible for funding for the 2011/12 academic year.