Funding of third level courses for the academic year 2013/2014

In order to allow students benefiting from the EGF Talk Talk programme to complete their studies for the 2013/2014 academic year, the Department of Education and Skills has agreed to the funding, through national sources, of third level courses (including courses being provided through the EGF HETAC grant scheme) for the entirety of the 2013/2014 academic year i.e. that period of the course still to be completed after 28 February 2014. For administrative purposes the end of the academic year is deemed to be 31 May 2014.

The Course Expenses Contribution scheme being piloted under the EGF Talk Talk programme will also be continued, funded through national sources, up to 31 May 2014 for students undertaking third level courses as above. Details of CEC payments for the period from 1 March 2014 to 31 May 2014 inclusive, subject to the requirements of the current scheme, will be made available by the EGF Coordination Unit in due course in advance of the commencement of the 2013/2014 academic year.

Second level courses (including those being undertaken through the EGF FETAC grant scheme) and associated CEC scheme payments will also be considered for national funding in this context where such courses are not short term but based on the full 2013/2014 academic year cycle.

Short term third level courses which are not based on the academic year cycle but which are tailored specifically for EGF clients and which commence in advance of 28 February 2014 and which end on or before 31 May 2014 may without prejudice be considered for funding on a case by case basis subject to the course duration, content and other relevant circumstances.

Any such course which commences after 28 February 2014 even though it ends on or before 31 May 2014 will not be funded under this funding initiative.

It is important to note that this funding initiative relates solely to the 2013/2014 academic year and does not prefer any obligation on the Department to fund additional academic years after 31 May 2014. Courses which continue in the 2014/2015 academic year or beyond will not be funded and course fees and other expenditure must be borne by students themselves or through the standard available funding mechanisms subject to eligibility.

Training, enterprise or other supports being provided through the EGF Talk Talk programme will not be funded beyond the 28 February 2014 when the EGF programme ends.

This initiative is being publicised in order to give existing EGF Talk Talk beneficiaries participating on relevant education courses certainty and to allow all beneficiaries to make informed choices regarding course selection, participation and continuance for the forthcoming academic year.

John McDermott

EGF Managing Authority

7 June 2013