Access Scholarships

ATU awards up to twelve financial scholarships to the value of €5,000 each to support students entering ATU who are from socio-economically or other disadvantaged backgrounds, or those who have faced difficult personal circumstances.

This financial scholarship is provided in increments over the duration of the programme of study.

In addition, scholarship applicants may be eligible for a reduced-points offer of up to 50 CAO points, subject to availability.

Note: Applicants must have taken the Leaving Certificate exams within the last two years.

    A candidate must satisfy the following conditions:
    1. Be a new entrant to higher education.

    2. Be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state, Switzerland, or the UK.

    3. Have taken the Leaving Certificate exams within the last two years.

    4. Be a current applicant for a ATU programme through the CAO and satisfy the general and specific criteria for entry.

    5. Have family income under the current threshold for the third-level maintenance grant scheme.

    Criteria for Selection

    Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

    • Compliance with conditions specified at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 above.
    • Leaving Certificate points within 50 points of the first-round cut-off point for the chosen programme.
    • An academic reference is required as part of the assessment process. Applicants should request an academic reference from their school.

    Nominated candidates may be short-listed. Those short-listed will be interviewed in August (following Leaving Certificate results and CAO first round offers).

    How to Apply

    To apply please complete this online Application form.

    The deadline for submission of applications forms is Friday 30th June 2023. The closing date for supporting documentation is Friday 7th July 2023.

    There are 23 questions in total. Most of the questions are short except for Question 22, which is a Personal Statement. 

    In the Personal Statement, you are asked to include reasons why you wish to pursue a third-level programme, and any personal challenges you may have experienced. Your personal statement can be up to 500 words long.

    Applicants are advised to prepare a draft of their Personal Statement before starting their application. Completed applications must be submitted by 30th June 2023.

    Part 2: Submitting your supporting documentation

    After you submit your completed application, you will receive an email with information on how to submit your supporting documentation.  Supporting documentation must be submitted by 7th July 2023.

    Supporting documentation should convey a full financial background for 2022. A Statement of Liability for 2022 or a Social Welfare Report for 2022 is necessary to meet this requirement.

    Part 3: Academic reference

    The reference letter should address some, or all, of the following headings: School Participation, Academic Ability, Additional Skills/Achievements, Additional Supports. Your school can submit the reference directly to ATU by email to by the 7th July 2023.

    Further Information

    For further information please contact the Access & Participation Office at