How do I know if I’m eligible for Springboard funding?
You are an eligible participant if you are unemployed, a Returner, in employment, or formerly self-employed, and you meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement. A Returner was previously referred to as a Homemaker. As a returner, you can apply to all courses if you meet the nationality and visa requirements and residency criteria. If you’re unemployed or formerly self-employed, all of Galway Business School’s Springboard courses are available to you.
I am an Irish citizen. Do I have to show proof of residency?
Yes, Irish nationals must provide proof of residency. Galway Business School must ensure all applicants satisfy the residency requirements in order to further submit this documentation to HEA.
In order to qualify for the Springboard funding, all course participants must be able to prove that they have lived in the state for 3 of the last 5 years regardless of nationality. This is merely a formality and you can prove this by submitting utility bills, bank statements or payslips or any other official document that would display your residency in the country within the timeframe required.
Springboard programmes are open to suitably qualified applicants who have EU, EEA, UK or Swiss nationality. Additionally, subject to fulfilling all criteria, you can apply if you have to following other statuses:
- Official refugee status (subject to a three-year residency requirements) which can include the time from when you officially submitted your application papers for refugee status. This also includes a family members of a refugee.
- People who have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of a European Union citizen.
- People who have humanitarian leave to remain in Ireland, or
- People who are not of EU, EEA, UK or Swiss nationality, but who are legally entitled to work full time in Ireland without needing an employment permit (See Stamp 4 question below).
I’m Irish, I live in the UK, can I do the course?
No. All course participants must be living in Ireland at the time of course commencement. You must meet certain residency requirements and living in the state to be eligible to do the course is mandatory.