IT Sligo Students’ Union always advise our members to apply for their grants as early as possible to ensure that you get access to the funds when you need them most. Over the last couple of years the recession has lead to a huge hike in the number of people seeking to return to college, including mature students and graduates wishing to up-skill. This has put added pressure on the students grant system.
Changes in the circumstances of the parents of students, who have lost their jobs or have suffered a decrease in salary, has also resulted in more students applying for maintenance grants for the first time.
Details of the new student grant scheme can be found online at www.studentfinance.ie. A downloadable grant form is also available from this website.
It is the intention of the Students’ Union to hold a grant information campaign in September to answer any questions students may have about the grant scheme and to assist them with filling out the grant form.