Higher Education - Equity of Access

Who we are

The Higher Education - Equity of Access and Qualifications Section is responsible for the development of national policy on equity of access to higher education for all students and, in particular, for under-represented groups such as disadvantaged students, mature students and students with disabilities. It is also responsible for EU Directive 2005/36/EC (Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications) and the National Framework of Qualifications.

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 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 www.studentfinance.ie provides a link to SUSI's online application facility, in addition to comprehensive information on student grants and other sources of financial assistance such as the Student Assistance Fund and the Fund for Students with Disabilities.

What we do

Equity of Access Section


Equity of Access Section

Higher Education - Equity of Access Section, Department of Education and Skills, Portlaoise Road,
Tullamore, Co. Offaly. R35 Y2N5

Phone: (057) 932 5317
Fax: (057) 932 5435


See Also

Management Framework Agreement:between the Department and QQI