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To apply, print the Application form for Special Support Grant (from the 'Documents to Use' section), fill it up and send it to your Education and Library Board (ELB) along with evidence.

Education and Library Board Finder

You should complete your online application to ensure you receive your full entitlement to Student Finance. If you do not have an online account you may create one - LINK


Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Telephone Enquiries

  • Phone: 0300 100 0077
  • Minicom: 0300 100 0625 You must have access to a Minicom device in order to use this service

Opening hours
Monday to Friday - 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 9.00 am to 4.00 pm




You may be eligible for a Special Support Grant if you:

  • are a lone parent (or a lone foster parent) of a child, or young person aged under 20 who is in full-time education below higher education level.
  • have a partner who is also a student, and one or both of you is responsible for a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher education level.
  • have a disability and qualify for the Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium.
  • are deaf and qualify for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs).
  • have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • have been treated as incapable of work for a continuous period of at least 28 weeks.
  • are from abroad and am entitled to an Income Support Urgent Cases Payment because you are temporarily without funds for a period of up to 6 weeks.
  • are waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended.
  • are aged 60 or older.
  • are eligible for Housing Benefit.
  • are entitled to Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).
  • are entitled to Disability Living Allowance.

Note: If you are eligible to receive a Special Support Grant you will not be eligible for a Maintenance Grant.


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Documents to Use[edit]

Special Support Grant Application Form - 2015/16


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Special Support Grant: You may receive up to 3,475 depending on your household income and is intended to help with additional course related costs such as books, equipment, travel or childcare.

Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


Need for the Document[edit]

The Special Support Grant replaces the Maintenance Grant for full-time students in certain circumstances. The Special Support Grant is based on your eligibility for income support or other means-tested benefits such as Housing Benefit. For example, if:

  • you're a single parent
  • your partner is a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time non-advanced education
  • you have certain disabilities

With the Special Support Grant (unlike the Maintenance Grant) Student Finance Northern Ireland will not reduce how much you get for your Maintenance Loan. Additionally, it does not count as income when working out income related benefits or tax credits.

Following is a procedure on how you can apply for a Special Support Grant.

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External Links[edit]

  • Student Finance Northern Ireland - Website:,1266217&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL#section2



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