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College can be expensive, if you’re experiencing financial difficulty there are a number of avenues to explore, which I can help you navigate! 

Students' Union Supports
  • Short-term loan, up to €100 tax free
  • T-Fund, for social transitions of transgender students
  • International Fund
Higher Education Grant

Check or for eligibility information.

Student Assistance Fund / Hardship Fund

These funds are set aside for students in financial need. Allowances are allocated on a case-by-case basis. TAP/HEAR students should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Non-TAP/HEAR students should contact their tutor or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you receive financial assistance from the college in the current academic year, you may be entitled to a Student Levy Charger Waiver. You can only claim the waiver for the current academic year and must apply before the last day of Hilary Term. More information can be found on the Senior Tutor’s website.


There are a number of benefactions, bursaries and prizes which you may be eligible for/ a list of these and their criteria is available at


College costs can add up, so it’s important to budget your money. A budget is a simple exercise when you sit down and work out what income you will have over a period of time, such as the academic year, and what costs you will incur in this time. Ideally, you want your income to be greater than costs.

Top Tips:

  • Know your number: be aware of how much you need to spend every month. Try to keep luxuries to a minimum, avoid unnecessary expenses and build good financial habits early on.
  • Use your student discount: take full advantage of student deals and discounts - keep an eye on the SU email for exclusive TCDSU deals.
  • Be prepared: make some packed lunches, plan how much money you want to spend on nights out, and make a habit of checking your bank balance regularly.
  • Check out for advice on building a budget that works for you!