Funding your study in Northern Ireland
If you don’t already have GCSEs, A levels or equivalent qualifications, you may be able to study for them without having to pay any tuition fees. You’ll be able to get free tuition:
- for a course which leads to your first full level 2 qualification; or
- if you’re 25 or under, for a course which leads to your first full level 3 qualification.
You may get free tuition for a range of courses if you’re receiving:
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- the ‘Guarantee Credit’ element of Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit
You may also qualify if you are not working and financially dependent on someone who gets one of the forms of financial support listed above. In some cases, free tuition is also available to asylum seekers.
You might also be able to receive a bursary to help with living costs. You should check with your course provider.