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Education for Asylum Seekers

Primary and Secondary School Education

It is the law in Ireland that all children and young people, including children of asylum seekers are entitled to free primary and post primary education. For full details on the education system in Ireland and your education entitlements, please visit the Citizen's Information website.

All children are required to be educated from the age of 6 to 16 (or until they have completed 3 years of second level education). Find a school.

Third Level Education

Asylum seekers are currently not eligible for free third level education in Ireland. This means that you are required to pay the tuition fees. However, you can apply for a Student Grant Scheme for Asylum Seekers through The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. In order to be eligible to apply for this support, you are required to meet the following criteria:

  • have been resident in Ireland for a combined period of three years in the preceding 5 years
  • be in the protection system
  • or at the leave to remain (but not deportation order) stage
  • enrolling in an approved Post Leaving Certificate Course (PLC) or undergraduate course 

Full details and application forms for the Student Grant Scheme can be found by visiting the Department of Further Education website.

Some organisations, like the Irish Refugee Council, provide grants and schemes to assist asylum seekers in accessing further education and training that are oftentimes cost-prohibitive. For more information, see the Grants & Schemes section or visit the Irish Refugee Council website,

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